From our Bureau of Socialist Abundance, Equity, and Social Justice
How’s this for equity and social justice? Let everyone starve. And don’t change any of the policies that have created a famine.
Cubans are slowly starving because Castro, Inc.’s insane and unbending policies have made the island an unproductive hell hole, despite its very fertile soil. On top of this catastrophe, the same government policies have also led to hyperinflation and the devaluation of the Cuban peso.
This situation is making it nearly impossible for the vast majority of Cubans to obtain food to eat.
Cubans who have relatives in the diaspora are faring slightly better thanks to remittances, but the island’s hyperinflation is taking an ever larger bite out of the purchasing power of those dollars and euros received from abroad.
Socialism in action equals inaction!
Loosely translated from Marti Noticias
Inflation and shortages are causing a worsening of the food crisis in Cuba, Cuban residents on the island warned Monday in statements to Radio Televisión Martí.
Cuba will close with an economic growth of just 2% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) this year, and the forecast for 2023 is even worse, only 1.8%, indicated the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).
But, how do these figures translate to the reality of ordinary Cubans?
The situation with food in Los Arabos, Matanzas, is critical, said the director of the Cuban Institute for Freedom of Expression and Prison (ICLEP), Alberto Corzo.
“It is not only because of the shortage of food products, but also inflation. A 10-pound package of chicken, imported from the United States, which until a few months ago had a value of two thousand pesos in national currency, is currently above 3,100 pesos, and that is if you were to find it,” he said. journalist.
[Note: the average monthly wage in Cuba is 3,830 pesos per month (148.73 USD/Month)]
From Bayamo, in the province of Granma, after the intense rains and the lack of fuel, the cold harvest is compromised, said farmer Emiliano González.
“There is practically no food. You go to bed with one price and wake up with another, but always in a spiral. The situation in Cuba is very complex, more misery and more need,” argued the farmer.
The self-employed Yoel Espinosa Medrano lives in Santa Clara. From there, he pointed out: “A pound of beans already reaches 140 pesos here. Living in Cuba today is crazy, we don’t even explain ourselves how we are surviving”.
Olainis Tejeda Beltrán offered details about the impact of inflation on food prices, in Nuevitas, Camagüey.
“Pork costs 350 pesos, chicken costs 360 pesos, a liter of oil costs 600 pesos, refined sugar costs 180 pesos a pound… And the point is, if they appear. The main course can be said to be in extinction, ”he assured.
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