by Carmen Ferreiro
Photos: Javier Galeano / AP
July 28, 2010
Today, released Cuban political prisoner Ariel Sigler Amaya will travel to Miami to receive urgent medical attention.
After 7 years of incarceration, most spent in punishment cells, Ariel suffers from functional paraplegia and has lost over 100 pounds since being jailed in March of 2003 in Cuba’s Black Spring Crackdown and released in May 2010 after international pressure aimed at the Castro government.
Other political prisoners recently released and sent into permanent exile in Spain, have traveled with their family members. In Ariel’s case his wife Noelia, was not given permission by Cuban authorities to accompany him on his trip to the US. Fortunately, Ariel has family in the States and a large support group in fellow exiles who continue the struggle for the release of all political prisoners and democratic reforms in Cuba.
Upon his arrival at Miami International Airport he will be taken immediately for medical treatment at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he will be given the medical attention he was denied in Cuba; while he was imprisoned and after his release. Sadly, this inhumane treatment is common practice in Cuba with all who disagree with the political system in power.
These photos released today show Ariel leaving Cuba for his flight to Miami (Photos: Javier Galeano / AP):