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August 2012
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Anonymous / Yoani Sánchez

Translator: Unstated, Yoani Sánchez

Someone threw a letter through the window of the principal's office, in

a nylon bag with a stone inside. Rows and rows of cramped handwriting,

restless, denouncing the diversion of resources in the dining room.

There was a meticulous description of the "private" storeroom where the

products that never made it to the students were kept. And the huge

number of servings that, each week, ended up in barrels to feed the

administrator's pigs. On eight pages it betrayed the tricks to make the

numbers add up at the end of the month and even the names of those

warned about possible inspections.

The anonymous person forced an urgent meeting. The surprise kitchen

audit had confirmed what the incognito vigilante had said. On Thursday,

a unanimous show of hands expelled those implicated in the embezzlement

and new workers were appointed to their positions. From the chairs of

the large space few believed that the stolen would end up on the

trays and that the students' lunches would recover the ounces and

flavors lost.

When Monday came the new kitchen staff already had their own

embezzlement dynamics. They hid the sacks of and bottles of oil at

a distant site undiscovered by the auditors. For at least three days

they put the established quotas on the trays, but gradually they took

away an ounce here, a gram there. The pigs in some distant sty started

to grow fat again with the soup and so bland that many of the

scholars wouldn't eat it. Adulterating the accounts guaranteed that the

embezzlement wouldn't show up in the paperwork, while an informant –

close to the principal – warned if there was going to be an inspection

by the ministry. The anonymous accuser managed only that the thieves had

new names and that the diversion of resources put the power in other hands.

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