Directing and producing a documentary about this story has helped me understand the exile experience on a whole new level. My grandfather had been forced out of Cuba and had to move his family to a brand new country (after hijacking a plane to get there!). I now understand that the pain and loss he suffered was so overwhelming that he chose to fly across the world to Africa, put himself in countless dangerous situations, and be away from his family for months at a time in order to fight the same type of tyranny that had forced him out of his homeland.
As Americans, we might not all agree on the necessity of all covert operations overseas, but today I am thinking about all of the men and women who have served this country as part of a covert operation, and who will never receive public acknowledgement or benefits (and who would probably never ask for it anyway).
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