Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Send the Cuban Boy Home

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Send the Cuban Boy Home

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Thr United States government has behaved heartlessly by not sending a six-year-old boy back to his sole parent in Cuba immediately. Instead, officials are playing politics - just as Cuban leader Fidel Castro is - in trying to make this case more than it is: a simple case of rightful custody.

The boy was found clinging to an inner tube off Florida on Nov. 25. His mother and step-father, along with 12 others, had drowned in an attempt to escape Cuba. His father, speaking on Cuban television and by telephone to his six-year-old son, wants him back.

It doesn't take the wisdom of Solomon to decide that the boy will not suffer any physical harm in returning to Cuba to be with his closest relative. Yet, US officials are dragging this case into a US court while the anti-Castro Cuban-Americans are using this boy's case to further prevent any warming in US-Cuban ties.

What right does a foreign court have to decide custody for a parent in Cuba? …

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