lunes, 9 de abril de 2012

Christine Amanpour sale a buscar la verdadera Cuba y viaja hasta Bauta

(La Cuba detenida en el tiempo reclama Libertad! La gente tiene miedo que el gobierno tome represalias por hablar y expresarse abiertamente a la prensa internacional. Los jóvenes no ven un futuro en la Isla y muchos se van, se escapan. No hay acceso asequible a internet. Es el país de los desconectados.)
We drove to a small town called Bauta, outside of Havana. The road was lined with sun-bleached portraits of revolutionary heroes half a century after their glory days. In the center of the square, we found a Catholic church packed for Sunday mass.

There we met Ana, who sings in the church choir and teaches English in town. She was willing to speak openly with us, and said, "In my classrooms, I am supposed to develop in them the political aspect here -- the communism, Marxism. I don't because I can't stand that, and they agree with me, most of them. If I go to the United States, I can find a student of mine everywhere, in each corner."
Ana expressed so eloquently, and bravely, the yearning for freedom we heard from many other Cubans.
"This is not life," she said. "I'm 54 and when I look back, what have I done, what have I seen?"
When asked why there was no "Cuban Spring," no uprising for democracy, as there had been in the Arab world, Ana replied, "They say we have democracy but it's a lie. People here are afraid of losing their jobs. Of talking like this and getting imprisoned. Of getting hurt. So they keep quiet."

We saw that fear again and again. A few university students who were making a video for one of their classes refused to be interviewed once they found out we were journalists from the U.S.
Another group of university students was eating and drinking after class, much like any American college kids would do, but these Cuban students' lives are radically different. They are not plugged in, not connected, not part of the 21st century. Not one of them has access to the Internet.
The more questions we asked them about their lives in Cuba, the more nervous they became. When we asked one of the students if she thought she would have a successful future, she replied, "not so much. I don't want to be talking about that so much."
Another young man, Robert, admitted he wished things were different, but then he also warned that they shouldn't talk about that. Every single one of them told us they want to leave Cuba for a better future somewhere else.

The Next Cuban Revolution? By Christine Amanpour
ABC News

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