Carlos Eire

In 1962, eleven-year-old Carlos Eire and his older brother Tony boarded an airplane in Cuba and left their parents and country behind, becoming not only refugees but also orphans. The brothers were two of more than 14,000 children airlifted out of “Castroland” in a mass exodus known as Operation Pedro Pan.  Carlos Eire is now a professor of History and Religious Studies at Yale University. He won a National Book Award for his memoir, Waiting for Snow in Havana. He picks up where that book left off, the moment he first set foot in the US, with Learning to Die in Miami: Confessions of a Refugee Boy.

Here is the link to Generation Y and to read the blog entry by Yoani Sanchez mentioned in the interview.