The Cuba Blockade: A Catch-all ExcuseFebruary 23, 2012 | Print |
HAVANA TIMES, Feb 23 — A few days ago I set out for a walk through the streets of my neighborhood and I was surprised to see that in just one block, every corner was littered with debris and trash.
I went to my cousin’s house to borrow her camera and take some snapshots so that people could see for themselves.
These are just a few photos, but I can assure people that there are many places in Havana like the ones shown here.
Over the next several days, I confirmed with my own eyes how the piling up garbage was actually getting worse, yet nobody did anything to solve the problem.
It seems terrible to me to realize how we have resigned ourselves to living surrounded by trash and stench.
We seem to not even consider how harmful this can be to our health. Dead animals are sometimes deposited in trash bins, though no one comes to pick them up. In the meantime their bodies decompose before everybody’s eyes.
The only thing that’s said is “the blockade is to blame.” This is what’s always heard when something doesn’t work right in Cuba like it should.
I would like for the economic embargo to be eliminated if only to see if that resolved most of our problems.
I think lifting the blockade is a good idea, because in that way we Cubans living here would realize that the causes of many of our miseries and hardships are not caused solely by that brutal and ruthless embargo, which seems that it is not ending and never will end.