Alan Diaz, Prize Winner for Photo of Immigration Raid, Dies at 71


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.’

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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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I'm originally from Puerto Rico. I was born in Santurce and raised in Rio Piedras. Have lived in Florida since 1999. I have a doctorate degree in Medicine; completed in 1976. My Internal Medicine specialty was completed in 1979. Worked for Puerto Rico's health system until 1985. At this time, I'm happily retired after working for the federal government for almost 28yrs. I want to offer any knowledge that I have to anyone "out there" who is interested. My views are liberal in almost every sense. My knowledge is "eclectic" - a bit of everything. Music and reading are my passion. Blogging has also become a very interesting endeavor. Metaphysical topics attract me. I'm interested in news reporting human issues like injustice, discrimination and abuse - the "wrongly" affected. My intention is to bring this knowledge to an understandable level and to help anyone in need. I'm open to questions and will answer them to the best of my ability. Currently working on an enterprise whose main mission will be to bring peoples of all walks of life together. To be one .... since we ALL are ONE!! The future looks bright and promising!!!

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