After 62 years of the Castro dictatorship’s glorious socialist revolution, the majority of Cubans are living in abject poverty while the communist party elite build luxury hotels and jet-set around the world.
Over 70% of Cuban Families Live on Less than $3.8 Per Day, Study Finds
If a household is divided among three members, each member lives on $1.28 a day, which is below the World Bank’s poverty line.
The Cuban Observatory for Human Rights (OCDH) highlighted on Monday the high level of poverty on the island and the deterioration of its health system.
This is what emerged from the IV report “The State of Social Rights in Cuba”, elaborated by the Observatory of Social Rights (ODS), linked to the OCDH.
More than 70% of Cuban families live on less than 3.8 dollars a day, according to the report, and if a household is divided among three members, each one lives on 1.28 dollars a day, which is “below the World Bank’s poverty line,” explained Yaxys Cires, OCDH’s strategy director.
The report predicts that the biggest problem for the population is the food crisis plaguing the country, followed by the health crisis and the “Tarea Ordenamiento”, this year’s economic reform that involved monetary unification, price and salary increases, reduction of subsidies and a consequent devaluation of the Cuban peso and inflation.
The study was carried out with interviews to 1,141 people of both sexes and no maximum age range, coinciding with the social protests of last July in Cuba.
It reveals that those most affected by the crisis the country is going through are the elderly, followed by those who do not receive remittances and the unemployed.
Regarding health care, eight out of ten people surveyed could not get the necessary medicines in pharmacies due to shortages, according to the report, which also shows that 14% of these people got the medicines thanks to a remittance sent by a relative abroad.
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