The Friends of Cuban Libraries

"He hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound" - Isaiah 61:1

Please consider sending a Christmas or New Year's card to Lisandra Lafita, the wife of Luis Milán, a library director jailed in Cuba. At this season of the year the family of Luis would greatly appreciate knowing that people around the world know and care about their situation.

Luis Milán, age 49, is an Afro-Cuban physician and the director of the Jose Lezama Lima Independent Library in Cuba's second largest city, Santiago de Cuba. In March 2003, along with two dozen independent librarians and other dissidents, he was arrested and sentenced to a long prison term following a one-day trial. Luis is now serving a 13-year sentence in Tarea Confianza Prison. His health is reported to be poor.

Along with the other impirsoned Cuban library workers who challenge government censorship, Luis has been named a Prisoner of Conscience by Amnesty International, which is calling for his immediate and unconditional release.

The Spanish phrase for Merry Christmas is "Feliz Navidad." The term for Happy New Year is "Feliz Año Nuevo" (and the "ñ" symbol is important.) Additional messages on the card, in English or Spanish, would be appreciated by the family.

This small effort can provide hope and cheer to a family which misses Luis during this holiday season. It doesn't matter if the card arrives late. It is the thought that counts.

Please address the card to:

Sra. Lisandra Lafita
Edificio B-27, Apto. 10
Reparto Antonio Maceo
Santiago de Cuba

Sincerely yours,

The Friends of Cuban Libraries