Cuban dissident Darsi Ferrer traveled Friday from Miami to Tennessee, where he will live with his family after coming to the United States with a political refugee program.
Ferrer, a 42-year-old physician, arrived Thursday night in Miami and will join his family in Chattanooga, where they have been living since April.
Ferrer “leaves Cuba with a certain sadness, because he leaves behind his life and his struggle,” but with the hope of beginning a new life in the United States, Janisset Rivero, director of the exile group Directorio Democratico Cubano, told Efe.
He seems in good spirits and now will need time to heal the “wounds caused by the repression and viciousness” of the Cuban regime against him and his family, Rivero said.
And, she said, though Ferrer will feel somewhat isolated in Chattanooga, far from the exile groups in Miami, that will help him learn English, one of his priorities, and integrate more quickly into American society.
Ferrer will try in some way to resume his profession, which he was forced to quit in Cuba “after being expelled from the center where he worked and the authorities refused to let him continue practicing medicine,” Rivero said.
MIAMI/HAVANA (BosNewsLife)– A prominent Christian rights activist and independent journalist from Cuba is spending her first weekend in freedom after arriving in the United States to escape reported persecution at home, her supporters confirmed.
Caridad Caballero arrived in Miami Thursday, June 27, following the sudden announcement earlier this week that she and her family were going into exile.
Caballero, a member of the Ladies in White, the Sakharov Prize-winning non-violent protest group, was targeted by Cuban security forces because of her Catholic faith and work as an independent journalist, fellow activists said.
Authorities reportedly blocked her from participating in any religious activities at the Jesus Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church in the Pueblo Nuevo neighborhood of Holguin city.
Each week since the beginning of the year, Caballero’s home was surrounded by state security agents, according to advocacy group Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), which closely followed the case.