Christian Pastoral Couple in Cuba Imprisoned for Homeschooling Children


Christian Pastoral Couple in Cuba Imprisoned for Homeschooling Children

MIAMI, September 10, 2019 (Morning Star News) – Husband-and-wife pastors in Cuba are serving prison sentences for declining to send their children to a government-run school where their daughter was bullied for being a Christian, family members said.

Pastor Ramón Rigal was sentenced to two years in prison in April for homeschooling his two children, as well as for leading an unregistered church. His wife Ayda Expósito is serving an 18-month sentence in a women’s prison for refusing to educate their children in government-run schools, the only legal option in Cuba.

Another couple in their church has also been imprisoned for keeping their children out of the Cuban educational system, and six to nine other Christian families have likely met the same fate, sources said.

“It all started when I was in fourth grade; I suffered bullying at school because I was a Christian,” the Rigal-Expósito’s now 13-year-old daughter, Ruth Rigal, states in a video produced by a Cuban audiovisual magazine called ADN, the Spanish acronym for DNA. “I was kicked in the belly, so he [her father] decided to get me out of school. They began to chase us, to threaten us, saying that if we did not go to school, they would take us to the house of children without parental protection, and they were going to put my parents in jail.”

The bullying stemmed from a history of the Communist…

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