Contrary

Cuban prisons

The meal, nicknamed patipanza, is one of the typical dishes served in Cuban prisons, according to political prisoners freed and expatriated to the Spanish capital under an agreement negotiated by the Roman Catholic Church and the Spanish government.

“They didn’t even bother to take the hairs off the animal’s skin and it stank,” says Mijail Bárzaga, 43, who spent seven years in four Cuban prisons.

In the Havana prison El Pitirre, where he spent two years, the food was more edible than in the others, Bárzaga said, but the portions of rice, watery picadillo and pea stew served to the prisoners kept getting smaller and smaller.

“The guards would steal from our portions, they would steal from the prison ministry to feed their families and to sell in the black market,” Bárzaga said. “To steal from a man in prison who can’t do anything about getting himself nourishment is denigrating — the lowest point of humanity.”

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August 2, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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