Ciego de Ávila, May 12, 2017
To: Attention to Consejo de Estado y de Ministros, Comité Central (Council of State and Ministers, Central Committee).
From: Sira Gonzáles Romero, Comunidad Pachi 3, Baraguá, Ciego de Ávila.
Subject: Eight years after the hurricane they have not given me a solution.
I, Sira González Romero, address you aiming to be heard. This| letter was delivered at the Departamento de Trabajadores Sociales, Poder Popular Provincial (Social Workers Department, Provincial Popular Power) who refused to help and protect us. We are an honest, working family undergoing the destruction of our house after the hurricane that destroyed a major part of Cuba eight years ago.
Sira González Romero receives copies of La Nueva República
At the time, my home did not have a good infrastructure, so it collapsed damaging everything I had inside, leaving my four children and myself with nothing. Civil defense then lodged us in an empty warehouse for bio-fertilizers until a solution was sought for the affected people. After living there for some time while waiting for help, we had to abandon the place because of the toxic agents the floor and the walls released, which caused severe asthma in my youngest son.
Since then, I live where my house stood, in two small rooms built by my own effort, lined with zinc, with a dirt floor, a roof of pieces of fiber cement where we get wet each time it rains. I ask you to make up a committee to come to our province and evaluate the situation we are in and help us repair our house, since we have not received anything so far as people affected by this catastrophe.
With nothing further, Sira Gonzáles Romero
Note: On August 12, 2016, Sira Gonzáles Romero delivered a complaint letter at the Departamento de Trabajadores Sociales del Poder Popular Provincial (Social Workers Department of the Provincial Popular Power) in Ciego de Ávila, and had no answer.
By Ciego de Ávila Defensoría del Pueblo Coordinator Yasmani Diaz Román and People’s Defenders Zulema Hernández López and José Antonio González Reynosa.