Elian Gonzalez: Castro ‘started off as a father…became a friend’
Elian Gonzalez was five years old 16 years ago during an international tug of war.
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Gonzalez was five years old when he and his mother left Cuba in late 1999 along with others on a boat that eventually sank, killing most of its occupants.
He was at the center of a tense 2000 international custody battle that became a cause célèbre and raised tensions on both sides of the Florida Straits…
The 22-year-old college graduate spoke about the death of the former Cuban leader on Saturday, a day after the 90-year-old passed away.
‘He started as that father until he became a friend. And like my father, I wanted to show him everything I achieved so that he could be proud of me,’ Gonzalez, told Cuban state media, ABC News reported.
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