The last few lines of this article brought tears to my eyes:
Ask Pepe what he likes most about his new country, and he doesn’t immediately bring up stores stocked to the gills with goods. He doesn’t mention the cars, endless gizmos and big houses or attending the church of his choice.
Instead, he takes you into one of his home’s small bedrooms.
“Close the door,” Pepe says. “What do you hear? Nothing. It is totally quiet. You see, what I value is the freedom to say what I want or to not say anything at all. The freedom to be alone. In my whole life up until now, I never was alone in a room.”
That’s from part three of an extensive special report from the Rockford Register Star. These are a must read.