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In her book, A Window Into Cuba’s Soul, Amaria Rebiai takes us through an uncommonly personal journey into the lives of a group of fifteen Cuban people as they navigate a momentous shift in their nation’s history. In December 2014, U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro jointly announced the renewal of diplomatic relations between the two Cold War era foes.
The stories of these fifteen individuals' lives, bound by blood, friendship and love, reveal the true history and current realities of Cuba in an incredibly intimate way. Ofelia, for instance, recalls an episode when the revolutionary figure Che Guevara came into her family’s home in Santa Clara, Cuba after being wounded in battle to seek treatment.
Born and raised in the south of France, Amaria Rebiai always had the urge to set out and discover the world. After taking the opportunity to complete her Master's degree in Foreign Languages (she’s fluent in French, English, Spanish as well as conversational Arabic) in Vancouver, Canada, she's since set out to both live and work in Ireland, Canada and Saudi Arabia.
Her travels have taken her to South Africa, Cuba, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Martinique, and the list continues. Wherever she travels, her camera is never too far behind. She enjoys capturing unique images of people’s daily lives in the lands she visits, as well as immortalizing beautiful landscapes and monuments.
Amaria also enjoys using the written word, online or in print, to help her readers take part in her unique journeys. In her book A Window Into Cuba’s Soul, she shares her decade-long love affair with Cuba and it’s people by recounting the stories of fifteen Cubans linked by family ties and friendship.