Balsero, Guayaberas y Telemundo

Balsero, Guayaberas y Telemundo

I want to thanks Telemundo for the interview they will air today at 6:30 in their Spanish television news.

20 years ago on Wednesday August 31, 1994 I left Cuba on improvised boat from the Matanzas province in the central part of Cuba. We were 9 men with almost no provisions and no experience at sea. We encounter a really bad storm and almost die, our boat was turned back to Cuba and we landed at a beach near Havana.

The next day only two of the original rafters tried again, this time we were picked up at sea by the US coast guard on Monday September 5 1994. We were toked to Guantanamo bay Cuba were we spent 13 months waiting to be processed and hoping to make it to the United States, I was finally allowed to enter this great Country on October 1995.

Many of the Cubans who tried this trip did not make it, may their soul rest in peace.
I know the pain and sacrifice a family had to endure without knowing weather i was dead or alive.

Today I had an opportunity to share my story on this Telemundo interview, I was able to show what we were able to accomplish on this great country of ours, with hard work and sacrifice. I’m forever gratefull to the US for allowing me to become part of it. If you have a change to watch it the interview will be transmitted this afternoon at 6:30pm in Telemundo Spanish news.

 

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Gracias a Telemundo por la entrevista que me tomo y que saldrá hoy Agosto 27 2014 por el noticiero nacional a las 6:30pm Eastern Time.

Hace 20 años el miércoles Agosto 31 de 1994 salí de Cuba en un bote a remos por Varadero Matanzas, Cuba. Éramos unas 9 personas con muy pocas provisiones, sin ningún tipo de experiencia de navegación. Luego de una travesía tormentosa donde por poco perdemos la vida, el bote fue regresado a Cuba.

Al próximo día de llegar devuelta a Cuba solo otro hombre y yo (de los 9 en el bote) lo intentamos de nuevo, esta vez al ponernos de acuerdo con otro grupo de balseros víctimas de la misma tormenta que nos regresó a tierra. Fuimos recogidos por el guarda costas americano frente a Habana, Cuba el lunes Septiembre 5 de 1994. De ahí nos llevaron a Guantanamo Bay donde estuve 13 meses hasta que por fin nos permitieron emigrar en los Estados Unidos en Octubre de 1995.

Muchos de los que s salieron de su tierra hace 20 años no pudieron llegar, dios los tenga en su santa gloria. Conozco de cerca el sufrimiento de los familiares y la zozobra de no saber nada de su hijo, hermano o esposo.

Hoy tuve la oportunidad de contar mi historia y de contar lo que con tanto sacrifico mi familia y yo hemos logrado en este gran país al cual le estoy eternamente agradecido. Si tienes tiempo sintoniza hoy a las 6:30pm para que veas la entrevista en Telemundo.

About Alexis M.

Alexis Martin has more than 12 years of experience in the Guayabera Shirt business. In December 18 2002 Alexis founded MyCubanStore.com an internet store for selling Cuban memorabilia from the pre-Castro era, customers began to inquire about the guayabera shirts and a new business concept was born. Mycubanstore.com became a manufacturer and supplier of guayabera shirts online. Google+
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