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It is our problem too

Photographer Alexander Polo, in collaboration with People in Need and the Center for a Free Cuba, has created a photo-documentary that examines the lives of the wives and mothers of the seventy-five Cuban dissidents, activists, writers and librarians arrested and sentenced by the Castro regime in the spring of 2003. The project, on display in the Czech Senate during the ICDC Summit, combines photos and statements made by twenty-three women who have been left behind by the men arrested in 2003.

Family of Adolfo Fernándes Saínz

The project documents the determination and anguish of the women who are being persecuted by the secret police, the authorities and at times, even local communities. The wives and mothers of the seventy-five men arrested in 2003 are fighting to support the men in prison and survive daily struggles alone. The entire exhibition is available for display with the permission of People in Need in both English and Spanish. Organizations or individuals interested in arranging a showing of the exhibition should contact Pavla Holcova at icdc@peopleinneed.cz.


This project is supported by funds from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic through the Transition Promotion Program.