Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter has a report on the Mazorra mental institute murders in Cuba one year later.
One Year After Mazorra
Negligence, Indifference & A Madhouse of Death in CubaFernando Comas one of the patients who died at Cuba’s
National Psychiatric Hospital “Mazorra” in 2010 (Photo BBC Mundo)
Today marks one year since the world learned about the deaths of 26 psychiatric patients at the Cuban Psychiatric Hospital in Havana known as Mazorra. Yoani Sanchez denounced this atrocity last year along with other dissidents, but today on her twitter account provided an update on what has and hasn’t happened since then:
They are trying to hide during these days the first anniversary of the deaths of dozens of patients at a psychiatric hospital because of starvation and cold. The results of the police investigation into the deaths at Mazorra were never made public. Official figures spoke of 26 dead, but it is clear to everyone now that the number of dead exceeded 40 victims. After that various twitterers created the tag #despidanabalaguer (#firebalaguer) calling for the minister of Public Health to be fired. Although Balaguer was removed he was never prosecuted for negligence. He was the minister and had to know what was occurring. Autopsy pictures of the dead patients were leaked. More than 300 lurid photos of emaciated skeletal bodies.
Nelly López, mother of Fernando Comas, one of the victims (Photo BBC Mundo)
BBC World in Spanish reported on the fact that a large number of Cubans are demanding accountability surrounding this crime and fear that it will not be forthcoming ending the article with a quote from Friedrich Nietzsche: “All suppressed truths become poisonous.” In the same article Nelly López, the mother of one of the victims, Fernando Comas, explains that she has been waiting for a year for an official explanation that she has asked everyone but no official replies just rumors.
Read the entire piece HERE.