The surest way to judge a society is to examine how it treats its most unfortunate, its most helpless. That's even true in a pit like Cuba, where drawing distinctions among those suffering the misery wrought by the Castro dictatorship can be difficult.
Cuban blogger Yusnaby Perez on Sunday reported on an especially horrendous example of how the Castro regime treats the most unfortunate of the unfortunate, the mentally ill at a psychiatric hospital in Havana (my translations):
Independent journalist Vladimir Turró reported from Havana that several patients of the Mazorra psychiatric hospital Mazorra in the Rancho Boyerons municipality in the city of Havanahave been sexually abused and raped by hospital workers, explained Humberto Vial Marrero, an assistant at the hospital told the journalist.
Vial Marrero said the rapes are carried out in the Castilian room by Interior Ministry officers who guard inmates convicted of various crimes. According to Marrero, first they injected them with drugs to leave them stunned, violated them and then applied electroshock to erase their recent memories.
The hospital official told another recent visitor that guards beat the patients to silence their screams, and that the food provided to them is of very poor quality.
The Mazorra hospital is the same facility where on Jan. 11-12, 2010, 26 patients died of hypothermia. Several doctors, nurses and other officials -- but notably, no officials with the Ministry of Health -- were accused of negligence and sentenced to prison, according to blogger Perez.