To escape from the Island is to leave behind the house they share with their parents and grandparents, a nominal wage, and a mountain of unfulfilled dreams. Some don’t make it across the waters that separate them from Florida, while others touch land on the other shore, suffering from sunstroke and thirst. Those are the few because patrol boats along the coastline make it difficult to touch ground without being seen. An immigration agreement between Cuba and the United States means those found at sea are returned to the Island. Carlos, however, is not frightened though he knows the chances are few and the sharks unpredictable. He has a feeling, he says, this is the year he will make it.
Yoani Sanchez writing in the Huffington Post.