Children in Cuba, the most vulnerable victims of the castro’s failed revolution, as they are in all marginal societies, suffer. This is heartbreaking, from Fairfacts:
“For the first time in Cuban history, thousands of Macrocepahlic children (abnormally large heads in proportion to their bodies) due to protein (primarily milk) deficiencies have been found in the eastern provinces.” Senor Marzo Fernandez, an economist who (until defecting in 1996) served as Secretary General of Castro’s Ministry of Nutrition.
Before the usual suspects blame the embargo for this tragedy, here are some facts to ponder from an article by Arturo J. Riera, Asociación Nacional de Ganaderos de Cuba (National Association of Cuban Cattlemen):
“On the 31st of December of 1958 Cuba had a population of approximately 6.5 M people, the number of head of cattle was about the same, this ratio of about 1 to 1 had existed almost continually for over a hundred and fifty years and possibly longer than that. The area devoted to the cattle industry supplied the country with a milk production of 806,000 metric tons = 959,946,000 liters per year, and there were 835,000 head of cattle (average weight 900-1000 lbs) slaughtered yearly.
The cattle industry story from January 1st, 1959 to now is a history of the most wanton destruction of a successful industry. From the very beginning the arbitrary decisions that were reflected and not respected within three different so called “laws of agrarian reform” set the basis for inconsistency and incompetence.
The stories are abundant: Limits set unconstitutionally on the size of properties; limits set on number of head of cattle that could be owned; property seized without compensation; mistreatment, jail and execution of cattlemen; more confiscations. It goes on and on…”
No amount of tourist dollars spent in state controlled Cuba will improve the lives of the Cuban people as long as the castro dictatorship, and its embargo against the Cuban people continues.