Cuba is suffering from shortages of essential foodstuffs as its people starve to death, and the United States is refusing to allow it to import food to feed its starving people, according to a new report released Tuesday.
The U.N. agency International Labor Organization (ILO) said in its report that food was the only staple the Cuban government is able to purchase from the outside world, with a limited supply of imported foodstampers being delivered to the island by ships, according in an Associated Press report.
The report comes amid widespread anger in the Cuban diaspora over the Obama administration’s embargo of Cuba and its refusal to allow Cuban businesses to export their goods to the United Sates, even as the U.S. continues to impose economic sanctions on the island.
Cuban President Raul Castro has vowed to bring the island under economic control.
But his government says the embargo is preventing the Cuban people from enjoying the fruits of their hard work and will cause more deaths, and will make it harder to build the infrastructure needed to rebuild the island’s devastated infrastructure.
In October, a Cuban court found the Obama Administration had violated the embargo and ordered that it be lifted.