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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Cuban Doctor’s Quest for Freedom

When Yosvani Bofill, a 26-year-old Cuban doctor, arrived in Venezuela’s capital Caracas to take part in medical missions, he had one goal – to desert the service and reach Bogota, across the border in Colombia. “Since I left Cuba I had the idea of deserting. I used Venezuela as a launch pad to emigrate. Ever since I saw the missions, I saw that it was the only way out for a Cuban,” says Bofill, for whom his country is “a fenced island.” However, he arrived late, just five days after then-US President Barack Obama suspended the Cuban Medical Professional Parole, a special US visa program for Cuban medical personnel who desert their missions abroad. More…

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