Photographer Exiled From Cuba

His name is Cristóbal Herrera Ulashkevich and he freelanced for the Associated Press. After taking pictures of Fidel fainting and falling, he says he'sliving in forced exile in Miami after a stint in Costa Rica, according to Wilfredo Cancio Isla of El Nuevo Herald.

One morning in December 2004, two men approached him on the street and suggested he should take a vacation abroad, Herrera said.

''It was clear that [the government] didn't want me there and that I had no alternative but to leave,'' he said. ``The paperwork and the red tape were processed at once, which clearly told me where the order came from.''

Herrera and his wife went to Costa Rica on Dec. 23, 2004, and he began working as an AP photographer for Central America and the Caribbean until March 2005, when he tried to return to Havana to fill an AP job slot that had opened.

But the Cuban government refused to issue him the permit he needed to return to Havana, he said. His daughter was born in Costa Rica.

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