I remember Elian!! … The mighty, imperialistic US of A has forever been the same ….
‘The photo shows an armed agent reaching out to a frightened Elian in the arms of a protector, the two backed into a closet in the uncle’s home, seconds before the boy was whisked away so that he could be returned to Cuba.’
A report from the Associated Press.
Alan Diaz, whose widely published photograph of a terrified 6-year-old Cuban immigrant boy named Elian Gonzalez earned him a Pulitzer Prize in 2001, died on Tuesday. He was 71.
Mr. Diaz’s daughter, Aillette Rodriguez-Diaz, said the cause was not immediately known.
Mr. Diaz had been freelancing for The A.P. in November 1999 when a boater found Elian floating in an inner tube in the waters off Fort Lauderdale.
The boy and more than a dozen others, including his mother, had fled Cuba in a small aluminum boat, which sunk after its motor failed. His mother and most of the others died. Only Elian and two others survived, floating at sea until they were rescued.
Elian’s relatives in the Little Havana section of Miami took the boy in, and a politically charged international custody battle began involving them and the boy’s father in Cuba…
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