Cuban Mother: How To Handle Hungry Children


Rita’s Story

“I looked into my children’s eyes and told them that we were like butterflies,” Rita said to me in her thick Cuban accent.

I was visiting Cuba last year and had the chance to interview survivors. Rita had three small children when the ‘Special Period’ began.

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All of the Cubans agreed that the name ‘Special Period’ was a complete joke. Governments always have a way of trying to make things sound better than they really are. The ‘Special Period’ was a very hard time. No amount of re-wording would hide the pain that was still in Rita’s heart.

Economic Collapse in Cuba

When the last Soviet ship pulled out of Havana in 1991 there would be little fuel, medicine, or machine parts coming into the country for a long, long time.

But most importantly, there would be no more food.

When the USSR came apart, all of the trading partners like Cuba were suddenly cut off.

The lights went out, the buses stopped running, and the average Cuban lost 20 pounds.

Cuba, like most nations on Earth, had sacrificed all of its local food production in favor of big commercial agriculture. Those systems which had proven so successful for so many years had a major vulnerability to the whims of world politics.

And the Cuban’s never recognized it.

Until it was too late.

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Hungry Children and Hard Times

Rita continued, “I told my kids. Do you know how you are like a butterfly? You know at first a butterfly is a caterpillar. And then it makes a cocoon. And for a long time it lives in its cocoon – and while it is in there it doesn’t eat anything. It stays in there a long time, but eventually, it comes out and eats again. Right now, we are like butterflies in our cocoons and we aren’t eating. But someday soon we will come out and be beautiful butterflies.” She wiped her eyes with the sleeve of her shirt at the memory.

“I just didn’t realize how long it would be,” Rita finally said.

Rita was a very resourceful woman, and they did make it through those hard times.

Learning to Grow Food in an Emergency

She told me of how they dug up yards and corner lots – balconies and rooftops. Everywhere they could, the people started growing food. She told me how the lowly gardeners and landscapers suddenly became the most important members of the community.

She told me stories of how people got so sick from the lack of nutrients. How badly everyone smelled from the lack of water to clean themselves. And how people’s skin turned gray and cracked when there were no oils or fats to eat.

Rita lowered her head and said that people were even raising livestock inside their tiny homes and apartments. They would put chickens or pigs in a bathroom or closet and feed them whatever greens or foods they could find.

They felt lucky to have a pig or a chicken.

Food Trumps All Needs

There were hardships with transportation. Equipment and machinery that needed fuel were now useless.

In Cuba, there was not a lot of violence – except for the unspoken violence against oneself. Depression and ultimately suicide increased.

But the biggest thing that all the survivors I interviewed spoke about was the hunger.

The lack of food.

You could not see many cats prowling the twisting, unlit streets of old Havana those days. Strays or pets, most have fallen victim to a people living on the edge of starvation.

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Under ever-tighter rationing since the collapse of the Soviet bloc, the poorest of Cubans began devouring the cat population. Even the tiny allowance of meat in their ration books is rarely available after they queue for hours at state warehouses.

“Cats were among the first to go since they’re said to taste okay. I had my cat robbed from my house,” Rita said.

“I’ve heard of people eating dogs, those little ones that have no fur, but I think that’s the exception. They say dog meat tastes bad and you still see plenty of stray dogs. Most people have drawn the line there.”

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Hygiene problems

My friend’s greatest worries had to do with hygiene. Her apartment, for instance, was infested with cockroaches, especially the tiny ones. Can someone tell us how to get rid of them when they can’t get imported insecticides? I am almost certain that our readers have no idea what it means to live like this.

Referring to her hospital, she said: “What happens is that they die of pneumonia or dysentery. But everyone knows it was basically a lack of food. More and more people were coming in sick. But many medicines, even aspirin, were unavailable unless you have dollars.”

The Promise of a Food Garden

Rita suddenly snapped back into the present and smiled. There was now as much food as you needed. Rita shifted her hefty weight and tossed her head back. “Ha, yes, I love to eat and I keep some extra with me at all times,” she laughed, acknowledging her large size. “And I still have a garden.”

Rita was very grateful for the package of hand tools I had brought as a gift. And I have been very grateful to know her and share her story.

It’s one of the most important reasons why I spend my time encouraging others to start growing their own food.

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Table Of Contents:

The Most Important Thing
Making Your Own Beverages: Beer to Stronger Stuff
Ginger Beer: Making Soda the Old Fashioned Way
How North American Indians and Early Pioneers Made Pemmican
Spycraft: Military Correspondence During The 1700’s to 1900’s
Wild West Guns for SHTF and a Guide to Rolling Your Own Ammo
How Our Forefathers Built Their Sawmills, Grain Mills, and Stamping Mills
How Our Ancestors Made Herbal Poultice to Heal Their Wounds
What Our Ancestors Were Foraging For? or How to Wildcraft Your Table
How Our Ancestors Navigated Without Using a GPS System
How Our Forefathers Made Knives
How Our Forefathers Made Snowshoes for Survival
How North California Native Americans Built Their Semi-subterranean Roundhouses
Our Ancestors’Guide to Root Cellars
Good Old Fashioned Cooking on an Open Flame
Learning from Our Ancestors How to Preserve Water
Learning from Our Ancestors How to Take Care of Our Hygiene When There Isn’t Anything to Buy
How and Why I Prefer to Make Soap with Modern Ingredients
Temporarily Installing a Wood-Burning Stove during Emergencies
Making Traditional and Survival Bark Bread…….
Trapping in Winter for Beaver and Muskrat Just like Our Forefathers Did
How to Make a Smokehouse and Smoke Fish
Survival Lessons From The Donner Party