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Archive for Thursday, July 12, 2001

Castro’s family in Miami expands

July 12, 2001

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— Two of Fidel Castro's daughters are living in Miami, one arriving just this week from Spain. The other has lived here for two years since winning a U.S. visa lottery with her husband.

The latest arrival is Alina Fernandez, one of her father's fiercest critics, who said Wednesday she and her teen-age daughter had relocated from Spain just one day earlier. They previously lived in New York and Atlanta.

Fernandez left the island in 1993 with a wig and a phony Spanish passport. At the time, she called the Cuban leader a torturer, drug smuggler and terrorist and later wrote a book, "Castro's Daughter An Exile's Memoir of Cuba."

Fernandez said she has not yet met her Miami half-sister, Francisca Pupo, who according to Fidel Castro's sister, Juanita Castro, works at a day care center in the metropolitan area.

Juanita Castro, a Miami pharmacy owner who left Cuba in 1964, said she gives Pupo some money each month.

Other relatives of Castro also live in the Miami area, said Joe Garcia, executive director of the anti-Castro Cuban American National Foundation.

Garcia said the relatives include a Castro granddaughter and a former daughter-in-law, plus a son of Castro's brother, Raul. Garcia would not identify them but said that he has met some of them.

Lazaro Asencio, a 75-year-old former associate of Castro now living in Miami, told Talk magazine in its August issue that Castro once told him he had more than 15 children.

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