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Monday, March 23, 2015

Who is Jose Abreu?

This is good stuff and much of it untold (including how he actually got to the US—harrowing stuff) on Jose “Pito” Abreu:


They left in the middle of the night, entrusting their fate to a tiny boat, its two motors, and the ink-black sea. For 12 hours, they pressed on. Through darkness, then dawn, then scorching daylight. Through 15-foot waves. And through the paths of trawlers and other ships that could cut their own 20-foot vessel in two.

Six of them huddled close atop a roiling ocean under an angry sky. But it was the hulking man in the middle who held them all together. Jose Abreu led his family—his fiancée, Yusmary; his parents; his sister and her husband—in prayers as the boat bucked and kicked beneath them. “It was dangerous,” he says. “The waves were high, but the Lord was at our side. God gave us the chance to reach our destination.”

“How can I explain it to you?” Abreu says, glancing at the 60-foot salad bar. “In Cuba, someone who is middle or lower class doesn’t have the luxuries they do here. You can’t eat something different every day. You eat whatever you have. If you have 10 days of eggs, you’re going to be eating eggs for 10 days. If you have plain rice for 10 days, you’re going to eat plain rice for 10 days. There is no menu. No variety. What you have is what you eat.”

 

madvillain Posted: March 23, 2015 at 11:15 PM | 15 comment(s)
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