Cuban refugees at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base

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Tent city holding Cuban refugees in 1990.
This refugee swam across the border and climbed a cliff in order to access the base.

Over the years a varying number of Cuban refugees at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base have found refuge there.[1] In the 1990s several thousand refugees were held at the base for years. Most of the refugees were housed in a tent city on the re-purposed airstrip that would later be used to house the complex used for the Guantanamo military commissions. The refugees who represented discipline or security problems were held on the site that would later become Camp XRay, the initial site of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

Small numbers of refugees occasionally slip into the camp to this day.[2] According to a February 6, 2012 report from Agence France Presse, ten political dissidents slipped into the base in November 2011.[3]

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  1. ^ Karen J. Greenberg (March 2009). The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo's First 100 Days. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-537188-8. Retrieved 2009-03-18. 
  2. ^ "10 Cuban dissidents at US Guantanamo base: blogger". Agence France Presse. 2012-02-06. Archived from the original on 2012-06-09. Retrieved 2012-02-07. The 10 including dissident journalists Olienny Valladares Capote and Adolfo Pablo Borraza Chaple, have been at the US base on Cuba's southeastern tip, for three months and started a hunger strike February 3, blogger Yohandry wrote. 
  3. ^ "Diez cubanos se declaran en huelga de hambre en la Base Naval de Guantánamo" [Ten Cubans are reported on hunger strike at Guantanamo Naval Base]. Diario de Cuba. 2012-02-03. Archived from the original on 2012-02-09. Retrieved 2012-02-07.