Fidel Castro's death hits close to home for local man

Edelso Castro was born in Cuba, he said goodbye to his family flying to Texas and started a new life in Port Arthur 3 years ago.

PORT ARTHUR - Former Cuban president Fidel Castro, who led a rebel army to victory in Cuba, embraced soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 us presidents during his half-century rule, died Friday night at the age of 90.

Edelso Castro was born in Cuba, he said goodbye to his family flying to Texas and started a new life in Port Arthur 3 years ago.

Boarding that flight in 2013 Edelso brought along a keepsake, it’s a Cuban flag medallion to remember what he left behind.

“I miss my family, my street, my people, and where I grew up,” he says, “that's what I miss the most.”

Waking up to Fidel Castro’s death Saturday morning, really caught him off guard.

Late at night on Friday, Cuba’s current president Raul Castro announced the death of the longtime leader, Fidel Castro who ruled Cuba for over 49 years.

“A lot of people are getting put in jail right now,” says Edelso, “the country is supposed to be in mourning for respect of Fidel, but people are celebrating,” he explains.

While some people celebrate, others mourn the loss of what they called a long time leader leaving a legacy Edelso says is a clash among different generations.

“He had both good and bad,” He explains.

“My grandparents can tell you he did well, but the new generation says he's not good,” says Edilso.

Although Fidel won't be in power anymore, Edilso says his only hope is to continue to work hard and one day reaches the American dream, keeping in mind Cuba’s new chapter, and the people he left behind.

“I'm happy here,” he says, “there will be a lot of revolts in Cuba. A lot of bad things are going to happen, this is the beginning of a lot of bad things.”

(© 2016 KBMT)


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