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Cubans lose access to vital dollar remittances after latest US sanctions

Cuba closes Western Union offices after US blacklists a military-controlled firm that processes payments from Cubans abroad

Dayane Medina, a 30-year old mother, had been due to pick up the equivalent of $65 that her grandmother in Jacksonville, Florida, sent her this week.

“I don’t like asking her for money – she is too generous,” she blushed, confessing that her grandmother sometimes sells food stamps to raise money. “But I’m not working at the moment and my husband is a doctor – we can’t get by on his [$62 a month] salary.”

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