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What I missed most in the United States was the warmth of human fellowship. America is a wall…a wall that separates people. What is lacking is communication among people…I was struck by the absence of that human warmth that is, for us Algerians, an essential element of life, an ingredient without which we cannot breathe.
With what delight we immersed ourselves, as soon as we had boarded the plane, in the warmth of the Cubans. We had just sat down when they served us an excellent cafecito, very strong, very sweet, very fragrant, which was a welcome change from the pale brew they call coffee in the United States…
– Ben Bella, Prime Minister of newly-independent Algeria commenting on his visit to the US & Cuba, 1962