A Trickle

12 Jun

In the midst of a natural resource crisis, other resources, those which must provide mobility and efficiency in Cuba, have become quite scarce.

Less than fifteen miles from the Caugo, the largest river in Cuba, three water carriers, Monguito, Jerónimo and Rafael, who bring water to their carts to their neighbors, live in the most absurd bureaucracy.

A water supply that should be collectively owned is watched over by an inspector who charges them a peso every time they fill their tanks. A control office demands various property titles from them and maintains that they must show, renew and recertify every time, in addition to taxes invented on the road.

For these water carriers, shown in this video, the punishment never ends. With each drop in the national economy the tax bureaucrats squeeze them a little harder.

For those of us who need water, every day the dream of an aqueduct system recedes like a shadow; the possibility of not having to carry water in a jar, or having to get water every morning by pulling on a rope, of opening the cistern and hearing our cries echo in the depths like a lament.

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