There’s one boy in Cuba who’s happier than the rest – and it’s all because of Fidel Castro.
An 8-year-old Cuban boy who likes dressing up as Fidel Castro is one very happy chap after his fashion statement recently earned him and his family a rare invitation from Cuba’s 88-year-old retired leader to his Havana home for a chat.
“I felt a lot of emotion upon seeing Fidel,” says Marlon Mendez from his home near Havana, referring to the Aug 16 visit to Castro’s home. “The whole family hugged him. It was my dream to meet Fidel, and I did it. My mother was shaking.”
Mendez appeared on Cuban television on Aug 12, a day before Castro turned 88, and drew attention for his fashion homage to Castro, donning the retired leader’s green fatigues, army boots and cap. Thanks to the media publicity, Castro was made aware of his doppelgänger's existence, and duly extended an invite to his young fan.