MIAMI (AP) — Twenty years have passed since the Cuban rafter crisis, when Fidel Castro allowed 35,000 of his countrymen to climb onto flimsy rafts in a mass exodus to Florida.
Photographer William Castellanos was a young art student in Havana back then and used an old Nikon camera to document the scenes on two rolls of precious black and white film. The pictures show 85 people in all, and most remain a mystery.
One image in particular haunts him: It shows a young girl on a wooden raft, surrounded by somber men, just before they pushed out to sea.
Hoping to learn if she survived, Castellanos posted his images on a website. He's already found nine of the rafters, still alive, but none living in the United States.