Poverty in communist Cuba doubles in only six months

Inherent corruption and a long history of failure make socialist economic polices destructive all on their own. But when you combine them with a worldwide pandemic, you have what is happening in Cuba.

Via Martí Noticias (my translation):

Survey: Poverty in Cuba has doubled in just six months

A study by the Cuban Observatory for Human Rights (OCDH) released on Wednesday in Madrid confirms that poverty in Cuba has doubled since January and that living conditions for the majority of citizens have worsened.

According to the Third Report on the State of Social Rights in Cuba, the cause for the “drastic drop in living conditions” are, among others, the “failed economic policies” of the regime in Havana, the “absence of structural reforms,” and the “sale of products in U.S. dollars.”

“These factors have brought about a significant devaluation of the national currency, which is how workers and retirees are compensated” explained Alejandro Gonzalez Raga, OCDH executive director.

According to the survey, 77% of Cubans say they are suffering severe or moderate shortages and 42% say they have “problems being able to purchase the most basic and essential items to survive.”

Katya Rimkunas, the International Republican Institute’s sub-director for Latin America and the Caribbean, noticed that 21% of families live on less than $20 a month and 24% between $20 and $40 a month.

“How do Cubans survive under these conditions? In one year, twice as many people are living on less than one dollar a day, practically in conditions of extreme poverty,” she said.

In regards to public health, the study found that 75% of Cubans who needed medications were not able to obtain them in pharmacies. At the same time, 76% of them said “shortages of medical and hospital supplies” were between regular and very bad.

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