The shortest route from Cuba to the U.S. is 90 miles. But that’s across the Florida Straits, and Liset Barrios gets nervous on a boat. So on May 13, she boarded Copa Airlines Flight 295 with her neighbor Marta Amaro, setting off the long way around—the really long way. The journey covered 8,000 miles, took 51 days and, along the way, illuminated an obscure byway in this historic wave of human migration.
Photographer Lisette Poole followed them on their journey. See more photos on TIME.com/cuba-the-long-way-to-america.
Photograph by Lisette Poole (@lisettepoole)—Redux.
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