Wordless Wednesday: Elian Taken 10 Years Ago

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

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Author: Solo Travel Girl Admin

Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, SoloTravelGirl.com with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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