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Cuba: Cubans Fret As Sanctions Threaten Western Union Closures

More than 400 Western Union offices that Cubans heavily rely on for remittances sent by family abroad are in danger of closing amid a growing number of sanctions the United States government has placed on the island.

Cuba’s government said all 407 offices could close by late November, a move that would potentially affect millions of people who depend on money sent by relatives for daily expenses if no alternatives are found.

“I invite the president to live here in Cuba for one day without the family remittances we receive from Western Union, just for one day,” homemaker Karina Hidalgo said in reference to US President Donald Trump as she waited in line with her daughter on Wednesday to pick up the US$70 her husband in Miami sends monthly.

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