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Two decades ago, in the midst of rioting and anti-government protests in Cuba, Fidel Castro announced that 'whoever wanted to leave, could go'—indicating that his forces would not prevent Cubans from fleeing the country. More than 35,000 took the opportunity to leave, heading to the United States. Men, women, and children packed into small boats and makeshift rafts and set off for Florida in the largest exodus since the 1980 Mariel Boatlift. I caught up with some of those 1994 refugees in Miami, photographing them at work in their new country, 20 years later.

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