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U.S. Embargo Stifles Cuba's Recovery Efforts

Updated: Apr 5, 2020


The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season devastated much of the Caribbean and parts of Mexico. Recovery in Cuba is well underway, but this particular island faces unique challenges to its efforts. Specifically, the U.S. embargo makes the remittance of humanitarian aid to the island difficult. On September 9, 2017, in a foreboding move just hours before Irma hit Cuba, President Trump extended the U.S. Embargo against Cuba for yet another year.

Our Family & Friends In Cuba: All of the members of our teams in Havana, Matanzas, and Santiago de Cuba, as well as our family and friends have been accounted for and their homes are without substantial damage. Everyone on our teams in Cuba sends their gratitude for the concern expressed by our clients and friends.

The Challenges that Lay Ahead

The Cuban government is focused on infrastructure repairs, restoring the electric grid, water and food shortages, and resuming the school year for children. It is estimated that approximately 215,000 homes across the island were damaged or destroyed. Residents are busy cleaning their homes and salvaging their possessions. Notwithstanding all of this, Cuba has declared that the damage is recoverable and that the country is open for business.