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If They Hadn't Resorted To This Drastic Measure, They Might Have Died More Quickly

FEBRUARY 23, 2017  —  By Sarah Gzemski  
Sarah Gzemski

Sarah Gzemski

Animal and pizza lover with an Internet addiction. Nerd to the max. Currently residing in Arizona, the land of beautiful winters.

We're still discovering new things about Cuba all the time.

The stories that come out of this the country that spent decades isolated from the rest of the world are sometimes astonishing and heartbreaking. One such story is the plight of Los Frikis, a Cuban punk community that emerged in the '80s.

Los Frikis drew inspiration from other punk movements around the globe. While members of punk movements are often marginalized, in Cuba, they were persecuted. Many were rejected by their families, harassed, arrested, and forced to do manual labor for their “crimes."

To escape their oppression, hundreds in the community took the drastic step of injecting themselves with the HIV virus, which little was known about then. They were able to take shelter in sanatoriums where they were provided with medical care, food, and safety.

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Yoandra Cardoso, a longtime Friki, said, “When the sanatorium first opened, it was 100 percent Frikis…we were all here together.”

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Those who are still alive squat in abandoned sanatoriums. Only one is still in operation today, as medical advancements deemed them largely unnecessary. It is now an outpatient facility.

(via Oddity Central)

Los Frikis should have never been persecuted. It's so sad that they had to resort to such an extreme act. Share their story with others who will be interested in this hidden part of history.

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