Irina Echarry’s Diary

A Rapist on the Loose in Alamar, The Movie

October 17, 2017 | No Comments »

Alamar is unsettled, news of a rapist running around on the loose through the neighborhood’s streets interrupts any conversation, outshining the increase in agro-market prices and livening up lines. There are so many different versions; sometimes, dates get mixed up, the number of victims varies, but the reality is that people are very stressed about this issue.

Hurricane Irma in Alamar and Cojimar

September 18, 2017 | No Comments »

The myth that we are very prepared for these kinds of events here in Cuba has clouded Cuban people’s judgements. We are used to suffering at the hands of hurricanes and Civil Defense troops, who, with all of the power in their hands, prevent this damage from being worse. (20 photos)

Alamar vs. Paterson

September 2, 2017 | 1 Comment »

Every day, I watch urban city bus drivers from my balcony overlooking the terminal we use to travel in Alamar. They work hours and hours. They must also have partners, even a dog at home.

Cuba, Sun and Skin Cancer

August 17, 2017 | No Comments »

Concerned about the intense summer sun, I paid 8.40 CUC for an umbrella. When I was at my most happiest, a friend reminded me that the umbrella might give me shade but, it doesn’t completely stop ultraviolet rays passing through.

What do People in Cuba Think about the Vote in Venezuela?

August 1, 2017 | 3 comments

Today (Sunday 30/7), should be an important day for Cuba. Venezuela, the country which our fleeting oil peace depends on, is going through a process which could trigger something negative at any moment.

Military Service in Cuba: Not for Women or Men

July 21, 2017 | 3 comments

Naomi can never sit still for a second: she crosses the street from one side to the next, she makes up adventures with her friends, she wriggles around to the beat of her neighbor’s music, she has been wearing make-up for two years now, she is a natural born leader who brings other kids from around the block together.

On a Sunday Night in Alamar, Havana

June 3, 2017 | 2 comments

It’s 9 PM and the P3 bus hasn’t come yet. I’ve been waiting for half an hour already. Alamar’s dark streets make it easy for masturbators, drunks and attacks; yup, it’s definitely better to wait for the bus than go out there and tempt the devil.

One More Step Towards an Animal Protection Law in Cuba

May 22, 2017 | 1 Comment »

Just a week ago, the Cuban Association for the Defense of Animals called for a collection of signatures rejecting the crime that took place in Manzanillo. Almost 2,000 signatures were collected in just six days and there are still people who are interested in signing the petition so that animal abuse becomes a punishable crime.

Crime in Manzanillo: Will it Go Unpunished?

May 9, 2017 | 8 comments

For a few days now, there’s been a video that’s being going viral on social media: young people in Manzanillo burned a dog alive, in the middle of the street. Because of the precarious situation we have with the Internet, I haven’t been able to see it, but the truth is, I really don’t want to.

Support for Karla and Others Punished for Expressing Their Views

April 18, 2017 | 7 comments

We are at a critical juncture in history, the world is living through uneasy times. In Cuba, which many people consider a calm place where they would like to live if it weren’t for the depressed economy, we don’t escape serious problems either.