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Cubans Flee Island's Economic Woes By Air, Land And Sea

Rolando José Cisneros Borroto in his apartment, Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, in Algona, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Rolando José Cisneros Borroto in his apartment, Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, in Algona, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Miami (AP) -- One Cuban man endured a trek through eight countries that lasted more than a month. Another man paid a small fortune for a furtive speedboat trip. A third decided to risk a perilous passage aboard a homemade raft rather than stay a moment longer on the island.

Cubans are fleeing their country in the largest numbers in more than four decades, choosing to stake their lives and futures on a dangerous journey to the United States by air, land and sea to escape economic and political woes.