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In 1980, the Cuban government opened its doors, allowing citizens to leave the country in what would become a mass exodus. The country's economy had suffered a serious downturn, and political unrest and mass incarceration was making aspects of governance untenable.
The first wave of emigrants came when the Peruvian embassy allowed Cubans to exit under its banner.
That's when Pedro Martinez and his friend decided to make the journey to Havana, and attempt to leave the country. Unfortunately, things got very complicated.
In this edition of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Pedro's daughters Natalia and Elvia ask him about his decision to leave the country, and the troubles he encountered along the way.
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