The US sanctions and embargo are preventing Cuba from rebuilding after Hurricane Ian.
The Biden Administration needs to act right now to help the Cuban people. Hurricane Ian caused great devastation. The power grid was damaged, and the electrical system collapsed. Over four thousand homes have been completely destroyed or badly damaged.
Cuba must be allowed, even if just for the next six months, to purchase the necessary construction materials to REBUILD. Cubans are facing a major humanitarian crisis because of Hurricane Ian.
Despite Cuba’s well-known preparedness for natural disasters, the damage from this hurricane has been immense. In the western province of Pinar del Rio, famous for its tobacco production, over 5,000 farms were destroyed. In small towns like San Luis, 80% of all homes were left damaged.
People from around the world are eager to sell construction materials and provide aid, but the US policy of sanctions and embargo against Cuba threatens US and other companies from doing business with Cuba — even for the most basic goods and materials. This same policy also deters and makes it nearly impossible for organizations in the US to send aid in a timely manner.
Cuba is also prevented from processing many financial transactions because the Trump administration absurdly placed it on the State Sponsors of Terrorism list simply for hosting internationally recognized peace talks in Colombia.
It is unconscionable to engage in collective punishment against an entire people by preventing Cuba from purchasing construction materials or receiving aid at this critical hour.
The people of Cuba are part of our family — the human family. Don’t let outdated Cold War politics prevent the world from helping the Cuban people be able to rebuild and return to their homes, rebuild the electrical grid, and have clean drinking water and access to food. The time to act is now!
Cuba is our neighbor. People around the world want to help!