There may be no more pure and shining symbol of the universal human longing for justice and mercy than the Ladies in White of Cuba. These are the wives, mothers and sisters of imprisoned human rights activists who refuse to accept that in this day and age, in the Western Hemisphere, a whole people should live with no self-determination at all. As they walk silently to mass these women appear to Cubans as an emanation of the astonishing courage of the jailed men they represent.

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