Havana's Disenchanted Youth

PhotographerMarika Dee
PrizeBronze in Portraiture / Other_P
Entry Description

Cuba is struggling to keep its young population happy. Many young people in Havana feel frustrated and trapped in an outmoded authoritarian society. The last generation to grow up under the Castro's are largely alienated from the ideals of the revolution. They don't want to experience the same economic hardships as their parents and long for freedom of speech and - maybe even more- economic opportunities. Some youngsters might have a wary sense of possibility these days, but most still don't see a future for themselves in Cuba and dream of leaving the island. There is a widening gap between the have and have-nots. Cubans benefitting from remittances from family abroad or those with tourism jobs, have more chance of taking advantage of the new possibilities. Others risk being left out of the promise of prosperity brought on by economic reforms and a thaw in relations with the United States.