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Vista L.A.: Flight of the Pedro Pans

July 3, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
From December 1960 to October 1962, more than 14,000 Cuban children ages 2 to 17 years old traveled alone to the United States. The more fortunate kids were placed with extended family members, but the rest were placed in orphanages, camps and foster homes. They became known as "Pedro Pan" children.

This mass migration was a result of rumors in Cuba that Fidel Castro was going to take all parental authority away from Cuban parents and that some children would be sent to the Soviet Union.

Decades later, Pedro Pan children are bound together by this experience that changed them and their families forever.

Pedro Pans are giving back to the U.S. and keeping their unique history alive through the creation of a national organization called, Operation Pedro Pan Group.

For more information about the Pedro Pan story or to learn how you can help Operation Pedro Pan, log-on to: www.pedropan.org

Originally aired Sun., Sept. 26, at 11:30 a.m.