Cuban pastor and human rights activist, Pastor Mario Félix Lleonart Barroso, escaped from Cuba after a brutal 2016 arrest. He now resides in Maryland, raising awareness and fighting for human rights in Cuba. In a recent interview, he revealed that the Cuban government has restricted assistance to Cubans who have suffered from Hurricane Irma. When religious and secular aid organizations have tried to provide the aid the government refuses to provide, the Cuban government blocked the assistance. Pastor Mario will share his testimony on November 18 at a prayer night co-hosted by One Body and International Christian Concern. For more information about the event, visit https://prayforonebody.org.
11/02/2017 Cuba (Christian Post) – A Cuban pastor who was arrested last year when former U.S. President Barack Obama visited the nation is warning that the communist government has taken action against missionaries for trying to provide humanitarian support to those who have been victimized by Hurricane Irma.
Pastor Mario Félix Lleonart Barroso, a Cuban missionary and human rights activist who’s been arrested numerous times for his opposition to the totalitarian government and now resides in the U.S. with his family after being accepted as a refugee in 2016, is warning that the “Cuban regime has not responded adequately” to devastation caused by Hurricane Irma even though countless Cubans lost their homes and properties in the first Category 5 hurricane to make landfall in the island nation in over 80 years.
While victims of disastrous hurricanes like Irma and Maria in other Caribbean nations are at least able to receive the help of major international humanitarian aid organizations, Cubans usually don’t have the same access to humanitarian aid following natural disasters because of the barriers put in place by the communist regime.