I love a story with a happy ending. There were a couple of months there when he was 6 years old and a prisoner of the Anti-Castro Cuban community in Miami that I was worried. But his return to his father in Cuba was a personal victory for his family and ultimately a major defeat for CANF the political and military wing of Miami Cubans. Our whole country got to see these whacked jobs 24/7 on CNN.
Meanwhile Elian has led a pretty normal life as was promised when he was returned to Cuba. He has had limited public exposure. The only exception was when he addressed a rally in support of the Cuban Five. He joined the Young Communist Union (UJC) in 2008. He was admitted to the EMCC (Escuela Militar de Camilo Cienfuegos. Few Cuban students are selected due to high academic standards. They are affectionately known as "Camelitos".