Friday, September 19, 2008

My dreams were shattered: Wife of Cuban agent (Part II)

This is the second and final part of an interview with Adriana Perez, wife of convicted Cuban agent Gerardo Hernandez. Marc Lacey of the New York Times and I interviewed Perez in Santiago de Cuba. Olga Salanueva, wife of another accused agent, joined Perez in the hotel where the interview took place. When Perez says “we,” she is referring to herself and Olga.

In the first part of our interview, Perez said she hadn’t seen her husband in 10 years.

In the final part of our interview, Adriana Perez said the jailing of her husband changed her life forever, leaving her “without hopes and without dreams.”

“Life has changed a lot…your plans, your hopes, your future were totally cut off,” said Perez, who never got the chance to have children with her husband.

“They took away our dreams of living as a married couple, of sharing a family. They took away all those illusions and that future.”

“We always say that we hold out hope that they’ll return and we’ll be able to put back together our marriages, to put back together our lives.”

But she said she’s 38 and her time for children may be running out.

Interview continues here

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