Four years ago this week, we learned of multiple deaths at the Mazorra Psychiatric Hospital in Havana, followed by shocking, graphic photos documenting the deaths. Officially, there were 26 victims; however, opposition sources raised the number of fatalities to 40. The official response initially tried to blame the deaths on cold weather, but the photos revealed emancipated, malnourished, mistreated victims, their bodies stacked for disposal similar to pictures from the Holocaust. A year later, the Castro regime’s chosen scapegoats were subjected to a show trial and sentenced. That trial may have satisfied international media, but Cubans know the truth, and this wasn’t the first time the horrors of Mazorra were exposed.
In 1992, a former nurse at the hospital, Heriberto Mederos, was discovered working in a convalescent hospital in Hialeah. Eriberto Mederos, called “the monster, by former inmates was eventually brought to trial, the first person to be prosecuted in U.S. courts for a crime relating to human-rights abuses committed outside the United States after World War II. Testimonies from that trial exposed a nightmare of torture and abuse. Former inmates told of shocks to their temples and testicles while being held down on a concrete floor soaked with urine, feces, and water.
In 2005, another former inmate Belkis Ferro, seeking justice, sued the Castro estate. Here are excerpts from a November 2005 post about the lawsuit, and her testimony (my emphasis):
TAMPA – The torture happened decades ago in Cuba, but Belkis Ferro says she still feels the anguish.
She was jailed, then taken to a farm to plant tobacco. One hot day, Ferro said, she began uprooting tobacco plants, tearing them to shreds. They dragged Ferro away, she said, locked her in a truck and drove off.
“When they opened the door and I saw what it was, I was horrified,” she said of the military psychiatric hospital in Havana known as Mazorra. “There wasn’t a Cuban in Cuba who wasn’t terrified of that hospital.”
It was there that she met Mederos.
Details of the hospital are contained in the lawsuit: The floors and rooms were stained with human fecal matter, and the stench was nauseating. Ferro compared the emaciated patients to women she’d seen in Holocaust films.
“I’d hear women scream every morning,” Ferro said.
One day, she learned why.
She was taken to a room with 10 to 12 iron beds, where patients – fellow political prisoners – were strapped down by their hands and feet, foaming and bleeding from the mouth, she said.
“I tried to get away,” she said. “I bit them. I kicked them.”
The last thing she remembered from that day was the two electrodes moving toward her temples. She said she awoke with no memory of the experience, but the bed was soiled, her tooth was chipped, and she had electrode burns on her skin.
The next form of torture was worse than the electroshock, Ferro said. She was injected with insulin three times a day, even though she was not diabetic. She drifted in and out of consciousness and was forced to drink 10 to 12 glasses of sugar water at a time.
The Castro regime, now in its 55th year of power, continues to terrorize the citizens of Cuba with the complicit silence of the MSM and other enablers of the Castro regime who refuse to speak to the continuing horrors the Cuban people suffer. Never forget these photos and what they reveal, about the nightmare that is Castro’s Cuba, and humanity.
More graphic photos, documenting the Mazorra atrocity, posted below the fold.