HAVANA TIMES – Leydi Laura Garcia Lugo lived in La Esperanza, she was in the fourth year of her medical career at the University of Medical Sciences of Villa Clara. She was only 24 years old with a whole life ahead of her.
From noon on Saturday, March 30, her family and friends did not know of her whereabouts; She had disappeared on the road while making the trip back home, after finishing her shift at the Mariana Grajales Gyneco-Obstetric Hospital.
The last time anyone saw her, she was in the town of Los Trompos, trying to stop a vehicle that would give her a ride. On Tuesday, April 2, her body was found on the side of the Ranchuelo highway, in the same province.
The independent magazine Tremenda Nota released the news on social networks, and the Ministry of the Interior published a note explaining that it “prioritizes” an investigation into the case and, once the facts are clarified, the results will be announced “through the media.”
The media commotion will not bring Leydi Laura back to life, but it will serve to recognize the true motive of that crime, to think better about the society in which we live and speak openly about violence against women.
Friends of the young woman, in dismay, have expressed their pain in social networks and warned that her body was the victim of extreme violence. It is still not confirmed if she was raped, the marks of blows and strangulation could be seen in a video posted on the internet, made at the time her body was found.
Cuba does not appear to suffer the wave of femicides of other countries, but they do occur and should not be minimized. One cannot even speak with precision about the issue because the figures of murders of women, just because they are women, are not made public. The fact is not recognized officially and therefore no public policies are undertaken to eradicate it.
In April of last year, in Perico, a town in the province of Matanzas, a boy set fire to the house where his ex-girlfriend was supposedly sleeping; luckily she was not there, the flames destroyed almost the whole block. That was reported simply as another fire.
Times have changed, before it was more difficult to delve into these terrible stories that were transmitted by word of mouth. Now, through articles, comments or publications on social networks, in addition to street rumors, we have known of several murders of women in Cuba; Most of the time by ex-partners.
Some come to light with names and surnames, others remain anonymous and then we talk about “the girl from Regla” or “the one of San Miguel del Padron”, or “the woman who had just given birth who was stabbed at the Maternity hospital”.
Thus, those who intend to register the figures will encounter many doubts and the eternal uncertainty of knowing the difference between pure morbid fiction or a real occurrence. Other times the family itself does not want to disclose the details and they must be respected.
In recent times some names have been known: Taimara Gomez Macias (29), from Cardenas in the province of Matanzas at the end of 2016; Misleydis Gonzales Garcia (47), in Ciego de Avila, 2017; Yulismeidys María Loyola Fernandez, a young woman from Sancti Spíritus murdered in an attempted rape in 2018. De Cienfuegos: Daylin Najarro Cause (36) and her mother Tomasa Cause Fabat (64), murdered last year.
Before, in 2017, another event had broken the silence on the subject in the official media: Leidy Maura Pacheco (18), was raped and murdered by three men. The September 5 provincial newspaper not only gave the news but followed the case until the trial. Thus we learned that two of the guilty were sentenced to life imprisonment and the third, to 30 years in prison.
Now it was the turn of Leydi Laura, from the La Esperanza neighborhood, in Remedios, Villa Clara. A young woman who dreamed of healing, but we have already learned that to heal bodies, we must heal the soul, and society as a whole suffers from a serious illness that expresses itself in different ways and sometimes overlaps between everyday life: machismo.