Saturday, February 25, 2012

Until the End / Anddy Sierra Alvarez

Until the End / Anddy Sierra Alvarez
Anddy Sierra Alvarez, Translator: Unstated

Citizens of Havana are increasing concerned about living in dilapidated
buildings, as there have been several building collapses as the year
2012 progresses. A lady of 55 from a Havana neighborhood commented that
the cold season is running out and the rainy season looming, a dangerous
stage for buildings in poor condition as the contrast of water and sun
is a time bomb.

The news of cave-ins in these neglected areas are heartbreaking, because
we are going through the same thing, says Alberto, 21. And neighbors
have lost hope that the government will assign them a brigade for the
salvation of the buildings on the block. The delegate said that it has
been raised in several meetings and no answers have been given yet, and
this has been going on for over 3 years. Construction products are for
sale, but to get something, even to repair each one individually, is a
dilemma of long lines and the demand from the population is so great
that they can't cope.

When the month of July comes around, many buildings have fallen in
Havana and we already hear, that hopefully and with lick there will not
be people who live in fear every day of losing their homes and being
forced into a miserable collective shelter.

February 22 2012

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