Cuba: Safety in the Stars

In the 41 years since Fidel Castro took power, some 300,000 people, or 4% of Cuba's entire population, have fled the country. And still they flee.

Last week, in the biggest mass escape yet, 91 more Cubans—taxi drivers, doctors, government employees, house wives and children — were resting safely in Mexico after a harrowing four-day journey across the Caribbean.

The refugees started laying their plans last May. For a boat, they decided to expropriate an 85-ft. government lighthouse tender, the H-11, and quickly enlisted the aid of the captain. On the appointed...

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