According to Castro regime statistics, the rate of suicide in Cuba is extremely high: 16.3 per 100,000.
Imagine how much higher the rate must really be.
Everyone who has lived in Castrogonia knows that lying about statistics is one of the government’s greatest talents. Whatever the statistics, they can’t ever be trusted, for the Ministry of Truth relies on phony statistics to prove the “success” of the so-called Revolution.
In the case of suicide, which always points to unhappiness, figure-fudging is an absolute necessity. Revolutionary utopias are not supposed to produce unhappy suicidal citizens.
So, when the government figures actually show that Cubans kill themselves at a higher rate than any other people in the Western hemisphere, this means that the actual number of suicides must be relatively astronomical. (And that’s not even taking into account the number of Cubans who kill themselves by trying to flee the island in “rustic” vessels.)
In Castrogonia, only the oligarchs and their larvae can be happy. Everyone else longs to leave the island, one way or another.
Add this to the long list of “factoids” routinely ignored by the mainstream news media.
Cubans kill themselves at a higher rate than any other people in the Western Hemisphere
Out of every 100,000 people in the island nation of Cuba, 16.3 commit suicide, the highest rate of any country in the Americas in 2009.
According to a study by the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO)–the regional subdivision of the World Health Organization (WHO)–Cuba is rivaled only by the “non-Hispanic Caribbean” in suicide rates.
The report, titled “Suicide Mortality in the Americas,” uses two different time subdivisions to compare suicide rates in North and South America: the average of suicide rates between 2005-2009 and the data available for the last year in which that country provided statistics. In the former category, all of the Americas fare better than the global average for suicide, and Cuba’s average pales in comparison to Guyana and Suriname (23.44 and 22.79 per 100,000 people, respectively). Statistics provided for the last available year, however, show Cuba’s suicide rate high above other nations. For comparison, Guyana recorded 16.04 suicides per 100,000 people, while Suriname recorded 14.79 in the same year.
The United States recorded 11.38 suicides per 100,000 population in 2009. Jamaica recorded 0.30 per 100,000. The lowest suicide rate that year in the Americas was recorded in Haiti, where only 0.05 people per 100,000 took their own lives.
According to the Cuban dissident news outlet Martí Noticias, the vast majority of people who commit suicide in Cuba choose to do so by asphyxia (71.6%). Poison is in second place (10%), while a surprising 9.2% self-immolate.
The PAHO notes that their information is reliable but ultimately incomplete, as they must rely on government figures provided to them, and countries often differ on what kinds of deaths to classify as suicides.
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