Cuba: Dire Straits

As Castro sets refugees adrift toward Florida, Clinton decides to undo a decades-old policy and interdict fleeing Cubans at sea

Looking for freedom and food, the Cuban refugees who hauled themselves desperately onto Floridian shores last week told wild, hungry stories of how fellow countrymen tried to take advantage of the food shortage. They talked of condoms melted on top of pizzas and sold to the unsuspecting; of rag mops left in water to soften, then dried, cut up and served with egg on a sandwich; of apples that cost a month's wages. "We are like lambs," says Elvis Sierra Laborit, a bakery worker from Havana, who is not a rebellious man. "We will be eating grass soon." Even he realized...

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