A Dubious Decision
A Dubious Decision / Fernando Damaso
Posted on October 10, 2015
Fernando Damaso, 10 October 2015 — At a time when many Cuban youths,
adults, and even elderly are choosing to emigrate, it is noteworthy
that a Cuban who has lived in Canada for a decade, with a wife and young
child, posted on Facebook his decision to return to Cuba. Maybe he has
been influenced by the ongoing process of improving relations between
Cuba and the United States, or even the recent visit of Pope Francis.
Hope springs eternal, but in this case, all that glitters is not gold.
Cuba, a decade later, continues frozen in time.
The profound economic, political, social, and moral crisis persists,
compounded by a climate of corruption and violence; wages continue at
the poverty level, failing to meet the minimum needs of citizens;
prices of necessities are rising geometrically; the health system is
fine for foreign tourists, and for exporting professionals to other
countries, but is poor within the island, with deteriorated hospitals,
lack of hygiene, a shortage of experienced doctors and nurses, and
insufficient drugs; education is of low quality, carried out in
inadequate teaching facilities, lacking maintenance and materials; and
citizens lack the most basic rights, being subjected from cradle to
grave with the most absurd ideological bombardment.
Everyone is free to decide what to do with his or her life, but when a
wife and child are involved, you also have to think about them. To
exchange Canadian security, development, and democracy for Cuban
insecurity, poverty, and totalitarianism, is a very dubious decision.
Translated by Tomás A.
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