In 1994, Boston Globe reporter Sally Jacobs and I went to Cuba to document conditions there. What we saw in Old Havana looked like a country under siege. Not from invading armies or falling bombs, but because it was El Periodo Especial, or The Special Period. These were grueling years after the collapse of the Soviet Union when imports dropped by three-quarters and construction and repairs to infrastructure came nearly to a halt.
By Suzanne Kreiter, Elaina Natario, Russell Goldenberg