Central America deal brings hope for stranded Cuban migrants

Cubans rest at a Methodist church sheltering 35 Cuban refugees in Liberia, Guanacaste, Costa RicaCubans risking all to reach the United States are cheering a deal this week between Central American nations to start flying them out of Costa Rica, where they have been stranded for weeks. Officials are cautiously describing the operation — due to start next week — as a “pilot plan” involving just 50-200 of the up to 8,000 migrants who are currently in northern Costa Rica, packed into dozens of temporary shelters. Everyone went running to try to call Cuba, to say ‘We’re going! We’ll be getting there (to the US) soon!’,” said Yaniuska Sousa, one of dozens of Cubans being put up in a Methodist church in the Costa Rican city of Liberia, said of the deal.

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