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24 October 2008


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Cubans rally after hurricanes
Marigold Best of Oxford Local Meeting reports

The summer season of hurricanes that swept across the Caribbean and North America have damaged Cuban Quaker churches but spared people

  • Efficient Cuban crisis management meant there was no loss of life in the eastern part of the island which is home to most Friends
  • The worst-hit of the Quaker church buildings were in the port of Puerto Padre where a huge palm tree fell on the pastor’s house and part of the church roof also blew off
  • In Gibara, the other seaside Quaker town, a verandah blew across the road and ripped off part of the church roof
  • While several of the older church roofs need major repairs, Cuba Yearly Meeting clerk Ramón González Longoria says that their main priority is the homes, not only of Friends, but also of many people in their communities


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