Getting food in Cienfuegos, a city that was only affected by the outskirts of Hurricane Irma has become an odyssey, according to several residents.

“A man passed by selling pork in a cart and we bought it. What are we going to do if every time we want to buy something in the market the tails are gigantic? “Says Margot as she tries to remove the urine odor from the basil-based meat and a bit of whole seasoning that she endeavors to remove from a worn knob.

“They deceived me. The pension of the month spent on 10 pounds of stinking meat that there is no choice but to eat, “he laments.

The authorities of Cienfuegos have imposed a severe rationing after the passage of the cyclone. Eggs, meat and meat are regulated and you can only buy a certain amount per person “to avoid speculation”.

“The ‘eggs released’ from farm hen have been taken to Villa Clara because there was no place to tie the goat,” says the saleswoman at a point of sale in Calzada de Dolores, one of the main arteries of the city.

The alternative to chicken eggs are those of duck and quail, which are sold in the stores of the Ministry of Internal Commerce, but it is enough to approach some of them to confirm that many are not found.

“There are no eggs all over town. It’s because of the cyclone “, explains another clerk on the boulevard.

Getting food in Cienfuegos has become an odyssey after Hurricane Irma

In order to buy fruit or vegetables, the situation is similar. In the state-run price markets, people queue up at dawn, while in the free markets and the hauliers the costs are “sky high”.

“The state is to blame for this situation,” says Margot. “Television announces that all countries are sending aid, but they use it only for Havana, which is where people throw themselves into the streets,” he explains.

Although the official media did not make reference to the protest of the past September 13 in Havana in the absence of electricity and water, the videos of the demonstration have been viralized through the weekly package.

“As long as people are quiet, things are going to stay the same, but nobody wants to put the dead,” he laments.

Although the damages in the province were minimal -compared with the north of Villa Clara, Ciego de Ávila and Camagüey-, the city was without electricity for more than 96 hours by failures in the start of the local thermoelectric

In the midst of this situation, Cuban Vice President Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, 86, along with the Communist Party’s staff in the territory, toured some of the agricultural poles of the province where, according to the local press, he achieved ” “Of the peasants to” produce more food “.

In the currency collection shops (TRD) the availability of meat, poultry and fish cans has been reduced in recent weeks. “Before the cyclone passed there was almost nothing. What is left have it at exorbitant prices, which no worker can buy, “explains Magalis, a customer of the store La Casa Mimbre.

Cuba reduced imports by more than $ 1,500 million in the first half of the year, which in the opinion of economists has a direct effect on the worsening of shortages in state stores.

“They recently opened a market here near (La Casa Mimbre), but between the queues, the little assortment and the high prices are not worth going,” says Magalis.

“There is an Italian cheese that I suppose is the worst in the world market, but here a single kilogram is worth 20.05 CUC, more than the salary of a month,” he protests. “For me it can rot old.”

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