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Por Jeanne Devin
When the Bay of Pigs invasion took place, MS Devin was only 13 years old.
I wanted to write this in Spanish, but I think I can express myself better in English, since this message comes from my heart and not my head. Though not a Cuban, Iíve been concerned about the struggle for freedom on the island for many years. When the Bay of Pigs invasion took place, I was only 13 years old. So I had no real idea of all that happened there. But I knew enough to understand the plight of the exiles who were imprisoned after the defeat. I remember praying night after night from April to December, sometimes for hours, for the prisonersí release and safe return to the United States. When they arrived back in Miami and reunited with their families the Sunday before Christmas, I watched the ceremony on TV. Knowing my prayers for them had been answered was the best Christmas present I received that year. As the years passed, the media stopped talking about Cuba, and the responsibilities of my life kept me busy with other concerns.
But I never forgot the Bay of Pigs incident or the former prisoners whose release gave me so much happiness. Now, for reasons it would take too long to explain, Iím in the midst of an Internet project of service and prayer for an end of communism and the return of freedom to the island. In the course of my labors, I found information that has drawn me back to the invasion. Iíve read Dr. Clarkís article on your web page, and documents from other sites, so I now have a clearer understanding of what happened, what went wrong, and why. So it is that, 40 years after the fiasco, I now feel a deep personal, spiritual connection with the members of Brigade 2506, living and deceased, and especially with those my prayers had helped release from prison. For all these reasons, I would like to ask you two questions.
First: I understand that the founder of the Cuban American National Foundation, Jorge Mas Canosa, took part in the Bay of Pigs operation. Was he captured and imprisoned, or was he fortunate enough to escape after the defeat?
Second: is there any way to stay in contact with you so I can learn more about what youíre doing for the survivors? I live far away from Miami and, since I happen to be blind, I canít travel just anywhere I want to. But I can read materials in both English and Spanish, and would be glad to receive any news you may send to interested members of the public from time to time. I canít do much to support your work financially, since my income is limited. But my thoughts and prayers will always remain with the members of Brigade 2506.
Yours very sincerely,Jeanne Devin