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Raysel Sosa

Cuban President Fidel Castro presented a digital camera to a Cuban boy Wednesday after Nikon refused to give the 12-year-old a camera he had won in an international painting contest for children. Nikon invoked a backlash in Cuba by refusing to send Raysel Sosa the camera, citing economic sanctions imposed on Cuba by the United States.

As a co-host of the contest, Nikon presented digital cameras to all the other winners at the competition ceremony held in Algeria in June.

But the Tokyo-based company skipped Sosa because the camera contained U.S.-made parts that are prohibited from being exported to Cuba by the U.S. government, giving him a painting set instead.

A Nikon spokesman said the company is considering giving Sosa a camera that does not conflict with the ban.

Source: The Seattle Times

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