NEWS ALERT: Former Jailed Cuban Pastor, Family, Escape To US
HAVANA/WASHINGTON (BosNewsLife)– A pastor who was jailed for leading independent churches in Cuba has arrived with his wife and children in the United States “as refugees”, the church leader and activists said Friday, February 1.
Pastor Omar Gude Perez, wife Kenia Denis and their two children entered the U.S. Thursday, January 31, after Cuban emigration authorities allowed them to leave the Communist-run island following an 18-month wait for appropriate paperwork.
Gude Perez expressed mixed feelings about their arrival. “My son, Omar Daniel, who is seventeen years old, has in just six months, lost fifty pounds of his bodily weight,” he said in published remarks obtained by BosNewsLife.
“My daughter Keila Rosa, who will soon celebrate her fifteenth birthday – the dream of every little girl – has lost three-quarters of her hair since the Americans first told us we would be able to travel,” the pastor added.
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