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31.08.2006 um 13:27 Uhr

Hinter den Kulissen des Karibik-Paradises

Die australische Journalistin Caroline Overington über ihre ernüchternden Erfahrungen im Land von Rum und Rumba:

Two years ago, I was given what quickly became an awful assignment. I was told to visit Cuba. Oh sure, like everybody I thought: dark rum, hot nights, fat cigars, the rumba.

The reality was very different. Cuba was wretched. Every day the photographer and I encountered distressing scenes of women, children and ageing Cubans living in terrible poverty.

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Elsewhere, we found barefoot children searching through rubbish bins for food. There is a large black population in Cuba - many of them are descendants of sugar-cane cutters - and there were many blacks among the beggars. Women with babies at the breast tugged at our clothes, begging for pennies.

In the Western-style bars, beautiful Cuban girls hung off the arms of Western men.

We drove into the countryside and found people living with open sewers and dirt floors, with no food, no coffee, no rum, no pork, no music, none of the things a Cuban needs to thrive.

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It was a terrible shock because, like many people, I'd believed the hype about Cuba: that it was a socialist paradise; that Castro was a visionary leader; that the Cuban people were happy communists. In fact, Castro is a gutless dictator who has never been brave enough to hold a presidential election. Yet across the West he continues to be celebrated as some grand, visionary leader, instead of being derided as a lunatic on his last legs. (Link)

 

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  1. zitierenmomocat schreibt am 31.08.2006 um 19:39 Uhr:Jap..Cuba ist ne ganz zweischneidige Sache. Superschönes Land, aber auch krasse Gegensätze in der Bevölkerung. Ja es gibt dort auch Leute denen es gut geht.

    Aber ansonsten kostet(e) der Blow-Job dort 8 Dollar. Und für den cubanischen Peso bekam 2003 man dort quasi nix zu kaufen. Keine Seife, Klopapier so rau wie 80er Sandpapier, Reis und Bohnen. In den Dollar-Tiendas(Geschäften) gab es hingegen eigentlich alles, nur musste man eben Dollar haben. Also Touri war man quasi die Kuh, die es zu melken galt.

    Medizin gibt es im übrigen auch keine mehr kostenlos, den Arzt vielleicht. Korruption bestimmt dort zum grossen Teil das Geschäft.

    Bleibt zu hoffen, dass die stolzen Cubaner Hilfe annehmen, um sich selbst zu helfen.

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