ON SEPTEMBER 11, MatadorU lead faculty, Julie Schwietert, sent an email to the team. It contained the above photo, taken in Havana by her stepson. About it, she said:
From what I understand, the photo is a procession of people who are carrying the Caridad de Cobre statue (Cuba’s patron saint), praying for the people inside.
She also included an article from the Havana Times. It was reporting that a group of over 60 people were holed up in a Pentecostal church with their pastor, Braulio Herrera Tito, who was dismissed from his post in May 2010. It was speculated by BBC Mundo that “dozens of Cuban believers are held up…waiting for a tsunami that according to their minister will cause mass destruction in these coming days.” Police have barricaded access to the area and traffic has been diverted.