Photo Feature by
Rene Bastiaanssen*

HAVANA TIMES — In December 2010 I travelled for 2 weeks through a little part of Cuba. I wanted to see it, and photograph it before the Castro’s retired.

I walked for days in the streets of Havana, sometimes peeping into a door opening to find hidden treasures, often being proudly invited in to see the people’s homes and have a shot of rum or a cigar.

I was struck by seeing so much faded glory, waiting to get exploited again.

(*) Amatuer photographer from Holland. More of his photos can be seen here .

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14 thoughts on “Cuba: Proud People, So Much Faded Glory

  • Really… exploited. It is clear that
    you are not one that has family there. You are not one that has
    received letter like… your uncle has bone cancer and we are not
    given anything to relive the pain. Anything will help. Please can you
    send us anything anything at all. Or your aunt need surgery and we do
    not have the surgical basic thing to proforma the surgery. Could you
    send us the surgical needless and thread so that the can do the
    surgery?

    And don’t get me started and the food
    and shelter. Exploited. You have no idea of what you are talking
    about and the pain the people the has had to endure. None!

  • Beautiful photos… many scenes that I have seen… And to Moses… I will be polite… Though why do you not post some photos of inner-city Chicago and maybe Detroit to show the real decay that is the USA…

  • It can be argued that the poverty of Haiti or Guatemala and other so-caled Third World countries is also self-imposed by the policies of their governments, often dictatorships of one stripe or another. The differences are in the details of the destructive policies and the nature of the dictatorships.

  • Rene, the main difference between the poverty that you witnessed first hand in Cuba and the poverty you might have seen in Haiti or Guatemala and other so-called Third World countries is that Cuban poverty is self-imposed by the economic policies of the Castro dictatorship. Most Cubans are resigned to their conditions and resignation over time may seem like complacency but in the absence of choice…?

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