DENVER (CBS4) – There is a crisis on the island of Cuba and mass protests have broken out across the country, driven, in part, by chronic shortages of food, medicine and hygiene products. The situation has been made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cuban-American Anna Alejo lives in Colorado, but still has family on the island. She attends unprecedented protests with the rest of the world.
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“Cuban citizens are basically saying, ‘I’ve had enough,’” Alejo told CBS4’s Andrea Flores. “What we are seeing are the biggest protests in Cuba in 62 years since the 1959 revolution.”
Anna welcomed Cuban entrepreneurs to Colorado in 2017. She says COVID is playing a significant role in Cuba’s economic collapse.
“They are frustrated with the one-party rule, they don’t have basic needs, food, medicine and supplies,” Alejo said. “It’s the result of a failing economy that doesn’t give its people the opportunity they deserve. It’s a function of COVID, the pandemic, and the country cannot support its tourism sector. “
The CURE project in Colorado provides medical supplies to Cubans in need.
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“We recently received a request for a million syringes to help the Cuban people. They have a three dose vaccine, so we are working with our seven warehouses across the country to purchase needles and syringes to administer the vaccine, ”said Sharon Wagner, Client Care Manager.
As the unrest continues, Alejo says Cubans are calling for change.
“I think it’s a dam that’s broken now, and of all I talk to in Cuba, they say there is no going back now,” Alejo said.
To help the CURE project, click here: https://projectcure.org/
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You can also donate directly to Cubans at https://friendsofcaritascubana.org/