Photos of the day: Havana, labyrinth of ruins


From Martha Beatriz Roque: images of Hell on earth.

This building in Havana, one block from the seaside boulevard known as El Malecón, is home for several families.

The total number of people crammed into this building is 36, ranging in age from elders in their 70’s and 80’s to children as young as 3. One young woman is pregnant and expecting to give birth within the next few weeks.

Some of the residents live on the roof, in hand-made wooden shacks.

No maintenance or repairs have taken place in over forty years, despite constant complaints from those who live there.

Of course, the residents themselves have no means of repairing anything. Worse than that, they are not allowed to engage in such activities. The building belongs to “the people” (the state) and only a government agency can take care of maintenance and repairs.

These 36 Cubans (soon to be 37) are being evicted because a government inspector has finally tagged their building as dangerous and irreparable. They have all been ordered to move to an equally delapidated building without electricity or running water in another neighborhood, Guanabacoa.

The only difference between their present residence and the one offered to them by the state is this: their crumbling present residence has been deemed “irreparable” while the other one has not. Both are equally delapidated and unsafe. But whatever the government says cannot be challenged or defied, no matter how wrong it is.

Ironically, the condemned building is on the corner of San Lazaro (patron saint of the downtrodden) and Perserverancia (perseverence).

God help them.  God help us all.  This was once a prosperous country, with statistics that rivaled those of many European countries.  And this total disaster  is praised by many around the world as a successful experiment in social engineering.  On top of that, it draws three million tourists per year.  Even worse, this could be our future here in the United States.

Viva la Revolucion. Vamos bien. Requetebien.

3 thoughts on “Photos of the day: Havana, labyrinth of ruins”

  1. Embargo’s fault, obviously. Sure, Cuba could buy whatever is needed to make repairs from numerous foreign sources, but it’s bankrupt, and it wouldn’t waste money on such trivial matters anyway. After all, maintaining Castro, Inc. in power is the prime directive, and that ain’t cheap, you know. Besides, the place looks great for a Vogue photo shoot–cue the models!!!

  2. Yes, Cuba was once on a par with or above some European countries in standard of living, and Havana was absolutely NOTHING like the crumbling ruin it has become under Castrocare. But maybe that’s one reason the ruined version is so appealing to so many foreigners: Cuba is now in its proper place, you see, as a third-world mess serving first-world fantasies and perversions. The pre-Castro version was too advanced, successful and promising–it went way beyond its proper station, so it needed to be brought back down to something more Latrine, certainly no better than, say, the Dominican Republic, if not Haiti. It was brought down, alright, with a vengeance. But hey, it works for Canadians, among other superior beings, so it’s all good.

  3. As a friend of mine once said “If an outside force only did a tenth of what communists do to their own countries, it would be an act of war”.

    They know they are unpardonable scum. Yet, more repugnant than their hateful, vile, fraudulent, destructive, and aberrational nature is the complicity that permits it.

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