In My Humble Opinion, Pt. 29

Monday, April 11, 2011
Excerpt from the Fox News story, "Fidel Castro's Daughter is Loving Life in Anti-Castro Miami":

Fidel Castro's daughter is alive and well and still living like just another cubana in Miami [...]

[Alina] Fernández-Revuelta, who worked in Cuba's fashion industry and joined the dissident movement four years before she fled Cuba, does make anti-Castro and pro-democracy speeches at universities and other institutions on a regular basis.

"It's my duty, maybe part of the obligation I have because of who I am," she said.

Mauricio Claver-Carone, [a Director] of the U.S. Cuba Democracy PAC in Washington, D.C., says that is where Fidel's daughter has made the biggest difference.

"The impact she's had has been tremendous in the terms of educating the American public about the reality and injustices of the Cuban regime," Claver-Carone said. "I can't tell you the number of students who come through Washington as interns and who I have some interaction with who will tell me that 'Fidel Castro's daughter was at my school and she really opened my eyes.'"

The message is especially important in middle America, he added, where crackdowns on dissidents and protests are not in the headlines.

"But it's difficult for her because it's still her father," Claver-Carone said. "So it takes more courage to go out there and talk and tell the stories time and again. She could have just disappeared."

For Fernández-Revuelta, another vanishing act is not an option. She says she feels an obligation to speak about the Cuban government's restrictions on individual freedoms and hypocrisies whenever the opportunity arises.

"People often need someone who was there to tell them the truth and make them aware of what is propaganda," she said. "They think in Cuba there is no elite, but my father lives an elitist life.  And who can provide that information better than me? I have to do it."