"Lost Between Two Worlds" Elian Gonzalez

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Some people wait a lifetime to be on the cover of Time magazine. It is a goal they strive for; and achievement marked with high importance. But it is none of those things to a six year-old boy found floating in an inner tube off the Florida Keys. His name is Elian Gonzalez and he is in a very big battle for a small boy.It all began in 1997 when Elian's mother, Elizabet Gonzalez, began a relationship with Lazaro Munero. She was divorced from Juan Miquel Gonzalez, Elian's father. Munero had previously escaped to the United States and had amassed over "100 pages of reports" with the Cuban Government. He came back to Cuba because he missed Elizabet and his family. He was thrown in jail for a few months. After his release he persuaded Elizabet to return to the United States with him in search of freedom. He began repairing a boat and recruiting passengers for the trip. He charged them $1000.00 each.They left on Sunday, November 21st at 4:30 a.m. Their hopes were to make it to America before the next sunrise. Munero packed water, cheese, bread, and hot dogs for his fifteen passengers. They had not gone even a mile off of the shore and the engine failed. Munero steered the boat back to shore where a passenger, Arianne Horta placed her five year-old daughter back on land. The group of fourteen now headed back to sea. That night they ran into a rough storm South of the Florida Keys and the motor failed again. Shortly after the boat capsized and the passengers were forced to float in two large inner tubes that hey used as life preservers. The women and Elian were in one inner tube and the men in the other.After two and a half days the refugees went from fourteen to three. Munero may have been one of the first to go." A delusional man decided to leave the group and swim for land. A second man set out to help bring him back and never returned. A woman decided life wasn't worth the struggle and let go. The three survivors were Elian, Arianne Horta and her boyfriend Nivaldo Fernandez Ferran.On Thanksgiving morning, November 25th, two fishermen were out fishing when they spotted an inner tube with what looked like to be a doll in it. They sailed past it and continued with their fishing until one man noticed that the doll was moving. The fishermen picked up Elian while they called the coastguard who pulled out the other two survivors. The three of them have been granted permission to stay in the U.S. for the time being. "I'll adopt the boy if there is no one here to claim him," said one fisherman, Donato Dalrypler told reporters. "This is the best Thanksgiving gift I could have ever imagined." Little did he know that there would be too many people wanting to claim Elian.Elian was immediately taken into the home of his Granduncle Lazaro in Miami's Little Havana. Lazaro Gonzalez is a known anti-Castro Zealot. Little Havana is a community of many refugees from Cuba since Castro came to power...

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