Wordless Wednesday: Elian Taken 10 Years Ago

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Ten years ago this month, April 22 to be exact, Elian Gonzalez was taken from his relatives’ Miami home to be reunited with his father Cuba. The move caused much uproar in Little Havana, where he was staying. I was living in South Florida at the time and the afternoon of the day he was taken, my then husband and I ventured to see the protesting.

These images were taken before I owned a digital camera and I was in awe of the media attention. Having watched daily reports on the television about the little boy, finally seeing the house Elian lived and the protesters put everything in perspective. It’s an experience I’ll never forget and the whole Elian Gonzalez situation intrigued me to venture to Havana.

The Day Elian Gonzalez was Taken from His Miami Home, April 22, 2000 - Protesters Arrested

The Day Elian Gonzalez was Taken from His Miami Home, April 22, 2000 - Protesters Arrested

The Day Elian Gonzalez was Taken from His Miami Home, April 22, 2000

The Day Elian Gonzalez was Taken from His Miami Home, April 22, 2000 – Media Swarm

Do you recognize the man in the silver suit behind the Channel 10 truck? It’s none other than FOX’s Shepard Smith when he was working for the Miami FOX affiliate, WSVN. I was too chicken to ask for a photo with him, I mean, who asks for a journalist’s photo?

Elian Gonzalez was Taken from His Home, April 22, 2000 - Elian's Home

Elian Gonzalez was Taken from His Home, April 22, 2000 - Elian's Home

Author: Solo Travel Girl

Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led Jennifer Huber, aka: Solo Travel Girl, to a career path in tourism. She has worked in the tourism industry for more than 20 years including 10 years with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley and Everglades National Park. She currently lives in Southwest Florida, and maintains this travel blog with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely.

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