Lisette Poole
  • Photographer Lisette Poole chronicled the journey of two Cuban women, Marta and Liset, during their 8,000 mile migration to the US. The women reached the US before the end of the "Wet Foot, Dry Foot" policy, which granted asylum to any Cuban immigrant that reached the United States. <br><br> Marta, 52, says goodbye to her friend Sunamy as she holds her grandson. The story behind the pictures can be found <a href="abcnews.go.com/International/48-days-photographer-captures-8000-mile-journey-cuba/story?id=46918018#" target="_blank">here.</a>
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  • Liset and Marta at Marta's home in Marianao, Havana. The two are old friends from the neighborhood. Marianao is a marginalized neighborhood of Havana.
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  • Liset and Marta land in Guyana and meet other Cubans who introduce them to local coyotes.
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  • After crossing into Brazil, Marta and Liset wait nervously for the signal to run to awaiting cars.
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  • A landscape of the Colombian border town from where Liset and Marta eventually are transported in a potato truck to Cali, Colombia.
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  • Liset and Marta speak with a local smuggler in Peru.
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  • Marta is injured after her first day of walking in the Darien Gap, here Liset waits for her to wade through the river.
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  • Liset with other migrants in Colombia awaiting entry into the Darien Gap.
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  • Liset after crossing into Colombia sees people being arrested, local military decide to let her and Marta continue on.
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  • Marta is detained by Peruvian migration officials along with migrants from Haiti. They were released after the head officer took a liking to Liset and decided to let her go.
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  • Cuban migrants are held at a campsite with Liset and Marta awaiting entry into the Darien Gap.
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  • Liset at dawn in the Darien Gap, she and Marta are the only women among a group of almost 50 migrants and smugglers.
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  • An outpost in the Darien gap where migrants scrawl the name of their homeland.
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  • Marta with several migrants from Haiti and Bangladesh crossing from Ecuador into Colombia.
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  • Liset and Marta prepare to board a boat at dawn to go from Necocli to Capuragna in Colombia, getting closer to the Panamanian border.
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  • Marta is afraid on the small boat as it takes her closer to the Panamanian border. Everyone on the boat gets wet, local fishermen take the migrants for extra cash.
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  • Liset with other migrants divide food rations for the 4 to 5 day walk through the Darien Gap. Here, other Cubans (some of whom were on the same flight leaving Cuba) join together for the excursion led by a guide.
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  • Marta and Liset rest in a river after a treacherous crossing.
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  • Migrants spend most of their time in the Nicaraguan forest waiting for the signal to move on. Their coyotes put a hold on their journey because the Nicaraguan military has reinforced patrols on migrants.
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  • Marta rests after a long hike from Ecuador into Colombia. After reaching the top of the hill, the Colombian military showed up and detained a group of Haitian and Bangladeshi migrants, letting Liset and Marta walk freely to the other side.
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  • After arriving to a small indigenous village in Panama, Liset and Marta are taken in by locals. Here, Liset dries out the few possessions she has left after spending almost a week in the Darien Gap.
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  • Liset arrives at Chicago O'Hare International Airport to be reunited with her boyfriend, Joey, who she met in Cuba back in January and paid for her trip to go to the United States, July 3, 2016. Poole is currently fundraising on Kickstarter to turn the project into a photo book styled as a classic travel guide. More information can be found <a href= "http://www.lisettepoole.com/" target="_blank">here.</a>
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