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In the photo, a girl crouches on a wooden raft,
surrounded by solemn men. Her large brown eyes
stare intently at the camera. A few wisps of her dark
hair float in the breeze.
In a moment, she will be pushed out to sea.
William Castellanos snapped the black and white
photo in August 1994 when he was an art student in
Havana, capturing the moment when 35,000 Cubans
took to the sea in makeshift rafts.
Twenty years after President Fidel Castro encouraged
a mass exodus from the island, the images still trouble
Did the rafters make it, or did their flimsy vessels
break apart in the turbulent, 90-mile Florida Straits?
Do they have busy lives and jobs and families now?
Or are his photographs the last testament of their
"For me, this is a very difficult photographic record,"
Castellanos said. "Maybe I have the only, or maybe
the last, picture of that person."
Especially, he wondered about the girl.
Cuba s communist economy was in crisis in August
1994. The Soviet Union had collapsed, and the only
way to get supplies was on the black market. He had
just two rolls of black and white film left. But when
he saw his neighbours carrying a raft to the sea, he
rushed home to grab his Nikon F3.
"I told myself, I have to make pictures of this, " he
recalled. "I have to make a document."
He captured a group of young men wading into the
water on inner tubes covered in tarps. Childhood
friends and neighbours building boats with thin slabs
of wood and nails. Men and women carrying their
boats out to sea on the tops of old Chevrolets, or bal-
anced on outstretched arms above their heads.
And then the girl---staring back unflinchingly from
a large raft of wooden planks.
He thought of his daughter, the long hours they
would spend staring at each other when she was a
baby, how she looked curiously into his eyes and at
They exchanged no words. He felt like he was intrud-
ing.He took the photo and left.
For two months, Castellanos could only see the
negatives. Printing paper was too expensive. A friend
at a cartography institute later scrounged up some
material. He dropped the paper into the developing
tray, and the images appeared.
The girl with brown eyes gazed fearlessly at him
Castellanos eventually left Cuba and became a pho-
tographer in Argentina and the US. He lives now in
Miami. For years, he was reluctant to show the images.
Then he realised that the only way to learn their
fate would be to put them on display.
People began approaching him.
One identified a blonde woman, smiling as she sold
peanuts in paper cones to the rafters, as her sister---
alive and well in Cuba, she said.
Castellanos created a Web site,
http://www.exodus94.com, including numbered close-
ups of the 85 people he is trying to locate.
Five others were identified as people who were res-
cued after their raft collapsed 11 miles from shore.
They remain in Cuba today. A woman photographed
waving goodbye to the rafters found her picture online,
and wrote to say she lives in Spain. Two others, pho-
tographed in a truck, helped the rafters but didn t join
them. One is in Cuba and the other in Mexico.
The girl remains a mystery.
"Maybe today she is a woman," Castellanos wonders.
"Maybe she has children. I don t know where she is
just now, but this is a face that haunted me." (AP)
In this 1994 photo made by William Castellanos, a young girl looks solemnly out of a
wooden raft. Thousands of Cubans were building makeshift rafts and throwing them into
the sea after then-President Fidel Castro said anyone who wanted to leave could flee. Inset:
William Castellanos displays a book of his photos in Miami. AP PHOTOS
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