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Cortesy of Nueva Réplica magazine. Photos Alvite.
Gerardo speaks out on behalf of the 5.
Everything was left behind. We suffered a lot during the 15 years of unjust punishment we were subjected to. Half or our anguish and bitterness was unknown even to our family; we never told them so as not to increase their pain. Everything, nevertheless, has been forgotten and today, in the name of the 5, I can say with absolute honesty that we don’t harbor hatred or rancor towards Miami.
If there was a lot of pain during our captivity, much bigger came to be the love or our families and the unbeatable support of our compatriots who helped us cope with it. We know of how many Americans and Cuban-Americans were also behind us without being always able to reveal their feelings.
The cell doors were closed one day behind us, but from there on plenty were the hands from all over the world which extended in our favor. For all of them, our more profound gratitude. Nothing mean or despicable was there on our actions against the United States of America. What we did was to contribute on our limited possibilities to prevent death on our people.
We are very happy to be again on our homeland. In my personal case, that happiness was multiplied, last February 6, with the birth of Gema which came to fulfill the best hopes of both my wife Adriana and myself. She is a girl, and I ask forgiveness for my father’s weakness, very beautiful; adorable, to say it on a single word.
After 55 years of estrangement, misunderstanding and tensions between Cuba and the United States, it was her fate to be born on a new era on the relations between the two countries, an era which will bring about other challenges and new hopes.