Alina Fernandez, the daughter of Fidel Castro, spoke to a crowd at UNCA Wednesday. She recalled how her father denounced persons with grievances as “traitors.” She recalled food and soap rations where there was “never enough.”

Fernandez eventually became fed up with living there, a “country where the revolution is endless.” She was tired of the government controlling her life, tired of seeing people go to jail if they wanted to change or improve their life, and upset her daughter couldn’t get an education.

Fernandez left Cuba in 1993 with a fake passport. She said it took 38 years for her to escape the country.