Where They Live – Regla

Regla is 83 years old and lives alone.

The same broken and dirty marble staircase leads to her home a few doors away from Ondina.

Regla greets me at the door.

She lives in one room with no running water. The large blue barrel is filled with a hose at night when people pump water from the street. The water is used to bathe and to flush the toilet.

The kitchen does have a gas burner to cook on, but Regla has to pay the gas bill every month.

Everything she owns is in this one room.

One thing most cannot do without is a fan to keep the stagnant, sweltering air moving.

2 thoughts on “Where They Live – Regla”

  1. Mark, your work continues to be the best look at life and lives in Cuba that I’ve seen anywhere. Thank you for taking us past the fun-to-photograph exterior of Cuba into the lives of real human beings who live — and suffer — there. Yours is a remarkable body of work.

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