“Libertad, sueño con libertad”

Yusleysi Gil Mauricio es graduada de Estudios Socio Culturales. Convirtió a Cristo en 2010. Desde entonces ha sido apasionada por el ministerio con los niños, y trabajaba como pastora de niños duranta una época.

Es la esposa de Ricardo Fernández Izaguirre, periodista y defensor del derecho a la libertad de religión en Cuba. Juntos tienen dos hijos de, la mayor tiene 2 años y él bebe tiene 4 meses. CSW platicó con Yusleysi para escuchar su testimonio y destacar su experiencia.

“He tenido una fe comprometida y ferviente desde que me convertí a Cristo en 2010. El 12 de diciembre del 2012 fui por primera vez a la Iglesia Ministerio Apostólico Internacional Fuego y Dinámica (MAIFD) de Camagüey donde trabajaba como pastora de niños. La Iglesia no está registrada por el gobierno y comenzaron las persecuciones. Desde el principio tuve una preciosa experiencia con Dios y nunca más me alejé de él, pero al ser miembro de una iglesia no registrada me costó mucho trabajo vencer el miedo porque [todos las que conocía] hablaban muy mal de lo que sucedía dentro de la iglesia.  Sólo después que pude comprobar por mí propia experiencia, que no hacíamos nada ilegal, fue que dejé el sigilo.

Otro problema fue explicárselo a mi familia que no entendía y no tenía la intención de comprobar de primera mano que todos los rumores son falsos. Muchos de nuestros familiares se alejaron de nosotros. Después de la última demolición que el gobierno hizo, la casa de oración que teníamos tuvo que cerrar porque agentes de la policía política intimidaron a todos los miembros.

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“Freedom, I dream of freedom”

Yusleysi Gil Mauricio is a socio-cultural studies graduate. She became a Christian in 2010, and since then, she has been passionate about children’s ministry and worked as a children’s pastor for a few years.

She is the wife of Ricardo Fernández Izaguirre, a journalist and defender of the right to freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) in Cuba. Together they have two children, the eldest is 2 years old and their baby is 4 months old. CSW spoke with Yusleysi to hear her story and share her experience.

“I have had a fervent and committed faith since I converted to Christ in 2010. On 12 December 2012 I began to attend the Fuego y Dinámica International Apostolic Ministry (MAIFD) Church in Camagüey where I worked as a children’s pastor. The church is not registered by the government and [that’s when] the persecution began. From the beginning I had a very special experience with God and I never pulled away from Him again, but being a member of an unregistered church was hard for me.

It took a lot for me to overcome my fears because [everybody I knew] they spoke very badly of what happened inside the church. It was only after I could see from my own experience that we were not doing anything illegal, that I stopped being secretive about it.

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“Ser diferente es un delito”: La historia de una mujer musulmana en Cuba

En el Día Internacional de la Mujer, CSW comparte el primero de una serie de testimonios de mujeres en Cuba que han sido victimizadas debido a su religión o creencia. Hoy, hablamos con una mujer musulmana en ese país, cuyo nombre ha sido cambiado por razones de seguridad.

Soy graduada de universidad de nivel medio de artes plásticas desde 1990.

Todo estaba bien hasta que abracé el islam a la edad de 24 años, en Septiembre del 2004. En ese momento yo estaba trabajando haciendo dibujos en el aeropuerto.  Cuando me hice musulmana enseguida me expulsaron alegando motivos de seguridad.

Atacada en casa

Más tarde, en 2007, comenzaron a visitarnos los estudiantes pakistaníes que venían desde Santa Clara y otras provincias.[1] A veces pasaban días en casa, y durante todo ese tiempo nuestra casa era vigilada. A veces ponían personas vestidas de civil casi en la puerta, o llegaban grupos de la campaña anti vectores[2] o inspectores de la compañía eléctrica en días y horarios que sabemos no se usan para revisar ningún depósito de agua.

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“Being different is considered a crime”: The story of a Muslim woman in Cuba

On International Women’s Day, CSW shares the first of several testimonies from women in Cuba who have been targeted on account of their religion or belief. Today, we hear from a Muslim woman in the country, whose name has been redacted for security reasons.

I graduated from university in visual arts in 1990.

Everything was fine until I converted to Islam at the age of 24, in September 2004. At the time I was making a living by drawing pictures at the airport, but after I became a Muslim, I was immediately expelled because of supposed security concerns.

Targeted at home

Some time after [my conversion], in 2007, Pakistani students in Santa Clara and other provinces began to visit our home.[1] Sometimes they would spend days with us, during which time our house was [constantly] watched. At times people in plainclothes were stationed right outside our door, or electric company inspectors or workers for the anti-mosquito campaign[2] would visit at odd times of the day, times when we know they do not usually inspect for areas of standing water.

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Voices from Cuba: Alain Toledano Valiente

Apostle Alain Toledano Valiente is a prominent leader in the Apostolic Movement in Cuba. He also leads Emanuel Church in Santiago de Cuba along with his wife, Marilín Alayo Correa. Pastor Toledano and his wife have experienced intense harassment at the hands of the Cuban authorities for over two decades.

In February 2016, over 200 church leaders in Pastor Toledano’s denomination were detained as the authorities demolished the Emanuel Church building. Pastor Toledano was out of the country at the time. Since then he has been prevented from leaving Cuba, subjected to repeated police summons, and threatened with imprisonment on multiple occasions.

In recent months, Pastor Toledano and his family have continued to experience severe harassment, even in spite of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and related lockdown measures.

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