Operation Pedro Pan Turns 50

Babalu Blog reminds us that today Operation Pedro Pan turns 50 years old. The program helped bring Cuban children to America who were fleeing the Cuban communist revolution. Read  Silvio Canto’ s post on the 50th birthday of the Pedro Pan Exodus:

“Pedro Pan” is 50: The story of how 14,000 Cuban children were sent to the US!


Time flies and we celebrate another anniversary of the Cuban-American experience. The picture above shows parents saying goodbye to their children and putting them in a plane headed to Miami.

Read more HERE

If you aren’t familiar with the Pedro Pan, I strongly urge you to take a moment and read Silvo’s post. Operation Pedro Pan is a defining moment in Cuban-American history and American-Cuban relations.

The covert operation by brave Cubans and the Catholic church aimed to ensure children could live in a free country. I remember walking with Mongo Grau around the grounds of the Chapel of the Virgin of Charity (Virgen de la Caridad) as he recalled his involvement in Pedro Pan. The stories helped me better understand life in the early days of the Cuban revolution.


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