Because the Cuban Raft Crisis of 1994 is so recent, we have many newspaper accounts of the refugees, their peril and why they chose to make this journey. Dr. Waugh has included a few articles linked below, but use our ProQuest Historical Newspapers to read more.
Booth, William. "Surge of Cuban Rafts Hits the Straits: Florida Rescuers Try to Track Heaviest Outpouring since 1980." The Washington Post (1974-Current File),Aug 17, 1994. https://search.proquest.com/docview/750990625?accountid=5492.
Robberson, Tod. "WORLD NEWS: CUBANS STILL PIN HOPES ON FLIMSY RAFTS UNDETERRED BY DEATHS, MORE HEAD TO SEA." The Washington Post (1974-Current File), Sep 06, 1994. https://search.proquest.com/docview/750959486?accountid=5492.
Britannica has a good biography of Fidel Castro that will provide some insight about what Cuba and the Cuban revolution was like.
This biography from the In Context database also has good information about Fidel Castro, and many links in the sidebar for further research.
Castro, Fidel, Image, from Encyclopædia Britannica, accessed August 23, 2019, https://school.eb.com/levels/high/assembly/view/237776.
"Fidel Castro." In Gale In Context Online Collection. Detroit, MI: Gale, 2017. Gale In Context: Middle School (accessed August 23, 2019). https://link.gale.com/apps/doc/ZCTLUZ719804382/MSIC?u=standy&sid=MSIC&xid=2b903944.