Thursday, June 19, 2014


Paperwork / Fernando Damaso
Posted on June 18, 2014

If, in Cuba, you are one of those who has the bad luck of needing to
engage in any legal process, as simple as you can imagine, prepare
yourself to navigate Niagara Falls on a bicycle. The official in
question, and even more so if it's an attorney or notary, after you
start to talk to inform them of the problem, they will take a piece of
paper and, without looking you in the eyes, begin to detail all the
original documents you will have to present to initiate the process,
starting with the obligatory recently issued birth certificate, and if
you have one from some time ago it won't do.

Several questions present themselves here: Why not the Identity Card,
where all this data is found, and which is the principal identification
document of every citizen? Why not use it for this? Why a recently
issued certification? Is it that over time a person's birthdate changes?
These are the bureaucratic absurdities established by our legal system.

Something similar happens when you have a pain and have to go to the
family doctor or clinic. You barely present yourself and aren't even
checked out before the doctor starts to fill out controls, orders for
analysis and other tests and, in the end, perhaps some prescription.
You're left with the pain and decide to find a friend who's a doctor who
will really check you out.

These simple events are repeated so often that, at times, they even
appear in the citizen complaint sections in the official press, but they
are not resolved and are expanded in justifications for the mentally

The socialist government bureaucracy has to rooted itself in these
fifty-six years, such that it is more difficult to eradicate than the
invasive marabou weed. This is the officials' way of being and doing in
any hierarchy: they are raised this way, educated this way, and act this

16 June 2014

Source: Paperwork / Fernando Damaso | Translating Cuba -

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