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Awaiting a letter from Obama in Cuba

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 01:26

A letter from Obama is making its way to a 76-year-old letter writer in Cuba via direct mail for the first time in 50 years. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Ileana Yarza awaits a special deliver in Havana: a letter from U.S. President Barack Obama. It's part of the first batch of U.S. direct mail to Cuba. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) CUBAN CITIZEN, ILEANA YARZA, SAYING: "No, I did not expect it because I am a humble person - a humble personality. I wrote him with all my heart. But I know he is the president of the most powerful country in the world. I know well the history of bilateral relations, right? Impossible. To think that he would agree to this. I did not expect it" She hopes to have coffee with the President who is due to arrive in Cuba Sunday. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) CUBAN CITIZEN, ILEANA YARZA, SAYING: "But in my last letter, I said, 'how many ladies my age who have nothing to do with anything, who have already retired, have invited you to their home to drink a coffee. I do not think there are many. I'm sure many people have written to him, but come on -- to come and have coffee. Make me that gift. " I think that I put that in my last letter. " She still hopes the U.S. economic embargo on Cuba will finally end. While direct mail service between the U.S. and Cuba had been suspended since 1963, mail still managed to flow between the nations. Now there's hope in Havana of more openings to come.

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Awaiting a letter from Obama in Cuba

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 01:26