Another generation that waits


I’m thirty-three with two gray hairs.  I’ve spent at least half my life wishing for a change on my Island.  In the summer of 1990, I peeked out the shutters of my house at the corner of Lealtad and Lagunas, when people’s shouting made me think of a revolt.  From there I saw rafts carried on shoulders to the sea and saw the police trucks controlling the nonconformity.  The anxious faces of my family foretold that soon the situation would evolve, but instead the problems became chronic and solutions were postponed.  After I had my son, between blackouts and calls of “don’t despair,” I understood that it would only happen if we ourselves could make it happen.

This June has begun very similar to those dark years of the Special Period.*  Uneasiness, power cuts in some neighborhoods, and a general sensation that we are going downhill.  I’m no longer that fearful and passive teenager whose parents said so many times, “Go to bed, Yoani, today we have nothing to eat.”  I’m not inclined to accept another era of slogans and empty plates, of a city stopped by lack of fuel and stubborn leaders with full refrigerators.  Nor do I think of going anywhere, so the sea will not be the solution in my case for this new cycle of calamities which is starting.

The restless seed of Teo will soon fertilize a woman to create another generation that waits.  I refuse to believe that there will be adults looking out the window hoping for something to happen, Cubans full of dreams deferred.

Translator’s note:
Special Period: The extremely difficult era after the fall of the Soviet Union and the loss of its monetary support for Cuba.

9 thoughts on “Another generation that waits

  1. Pingback: Another generation that waits | Cuba News

  2. you are certanily a great writer you have a cheever voice. keep it up. I’m trying to get more people intrested in your site. God bless and viva liberta

  3. Yoani, you are truly an insipiration not only to Cubans in exile, like me, but also to all those repressed in the world. I admire your solidarity and courage. The totalitarian goverment that has inflicted YOUR island for 50 years was created by mere mortals and can be also destroyed by such- I believe that Cuba is starting to realize this. When a repressive goverment excerts power one must be an individual and recognize this so as to assert his/her own power. I also believe that Cuban’s are beginning to embrace their own individualism.
    En Cuba ya no basta aceptar solo que vivimos, sino poder decir tambien como vivimos. Y mostrarle al mundo las condiciones pesimas que existen en Cuban. Como dije ante te admiro mucho y como dijo Marti- “mejor un minuto de pie, que una vida de rodillas”

  4. I saw recently where Gustavo Coronel the Venezuela geologist said that Hugo’s support had extended the castro’s despotism by an additional 10 years. It appears that this is fading rapidly and it could even suddenly stop altogether. Venezuelan oil production is in a death spiral due to poor management. It will take some time for the effects to show, but they will be inevitable and severe. The manifestations of the “extra special period” that the Cubans are now going thru become clearer every day. What is very odd to me is that while they start to have weekend blackouts and must turn off the air conditioners at the offices because the government says they are using too much fuel, petroleum re-exports are half of their economy right now. Hugo gives the regime more than 100,000 barrels per day but they can not handle a 3% rise in demand, meanwhile they are reselling petroleum to all their neighbors. Is this how socialism is meant to work ?

    When the regime can no longer offer the rewards of preferential treatment to citizens who stay in line then all they have left is repression to maintain control. It may take a little while to come about but we are going to see the collapse or failure of the present day populists that are masquerading as socialists in Latin America. All you real socialists out there ought to not weep about that because if you actually looked at them objectively you would realize that they are just another pack of scoundrels who sold out the principles for their own personal gain.

  5. Yoani,have faith and strength ,the change will come,it has too.I am praying for you and all my Cuban friends .Please tell me in which way I can help you.I know what you mean “there is nothing to eat today” .Growing up in communist Poland where many articles were rationed ,I feel your anger.Poland overthrown communist and Cuba will too ,let’s pray it will happen soon,Cuban people deserve it!

  6. Stop fighting each other. Time is very precious to lose it in trivial discussions. The common enemy is the Castro dictatorship, and towards this one we should directed all our critics.

    One of Marti’s definitions of fatherland is: “Fatherland is community of interests, traditions of unity, unity of purpose, sweet and consoling fusion of love and hope.”

    The hour has arrived to put into practice the words of José Martí “All together is the word of order.”

    Let us have faith and support our brothers inside the Island that the final victory will be ours.

  7. I gave print outs of some of your articles to members of the Cuban American community here is Atlanta this morning. They are very interested in will be readers of your site.

  8. Your powerful words bring clarity. It reminds me of the notes of Anne Frank during World War 2. Your depth and intensity of thought is mesmerizing to me. I realize your truths and empathize.

    Near the sea, I pray for a hammer, to shatter all the jars of fighting fish.

  9. Only God can create miracles. I’m sure it will happen soon; even people within their inner circles are beginning to see that they too are treated like scum and only family members have no lacks. A revolt is around the corner anytime, it will happen expontaneously.

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