Elian Gonzalez: “I Haven’t Had Any Long-Lasting Psychological Trauma”

Posted: December 11, 2013 in Cuba, Cuban, Cuban Exile, Cuban-American
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This is very interesting. Elian pops up again, 13 years later–the inspiration of my book.

CBS Miami

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – In his first trip outside of Cuba since 2000, Elian Gonzalez denounced the U.S. embargo against Cuba at a youth conference in Quito, Ecuador.

“It is the American government itself that, with an unfair blockade, causes a critical economic situation inside of Cuba,” Gonzalez, 20, said in an interview with CNN.

The young man who gained worldwide notoriety in the midst of an international custody dispute said life has been wonderful since his departure from the United States.

“I  haven’t had any long-lasting psychological trauma. It hasn’t affected me, but it has been hard on my family because those were difficult moments,” Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez was seized at gunpoint by federal agents from relatives in Miami who fought to keep him, even though his father wanted him back in Cuba.

The pre-dawn raid in April 2000 happened 5 months after Elian left…

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