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CAPE VERDE'S FAILED HEALTH CARE: ITS 21ST CENTURY PLAGUE

CAPE VERDE’S FAILED HEALTH CARE: ITS 21ST CENTURY PLAGUE

It’s shocking an horrific that Cape Verde’s failed health care system has claimed another victim, but it is, unfortunately, not surprising. The latest victim’s name is Sandra. Though little was publicly known about Sandra, her image had been circulating for about a month now on social media as the Cape Verdean community on Facebook sought …

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CAPE VERDE’S FAILING AND BUREAUCRATIC HEALTH CARE: THE CAUSE OF A FOUR YEAR OLD GIRL’S DEATH

CAPE VERDE’S FAILING AND BUREAUCRATIC HEALTH CARE: THE CAUSE OF A FOUR YEAR OLD GIRL’S DEATH

The social media outcry among Cape Verdeans has probably never been this resounding and intense. The reason for this outcry is the death of four year old girl, Sharon Alina Silva Lopes. Six months ago, in March, Sharon was checked into Hospital Baptista Sousa, the hospital on the island on São Vicente, Cape Verde. According …

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THE BARREL: A LIFELINE FOR CAPE VERDEANS, AN EXPLOITATIVE CASH COW FOR THEIR GOVERNMENT

THE BARREL: A LIFELINE FOR CAPE VERDEANS, AN EXPLOITATIVE CASH COW FOR THEIR GOVERNMENT

Perhaps nothing signifies the grand generosity of Cape Vedean immigrants to their families and countrymen more than the “bidon.” That is, the gasoline barrels/drums, pictured above. From the time Cape Verdean immigration history began being documented, in the late 1700’s to the early 1800’s, starting in Brava, Cape Verde, to the United States of America, …

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CUSTOMS OF CAPE VERDE: REFORMATION IN PROGRESS

CUSTOMS OF CAPE VERDE: REFORMATION IN PROGRESS

Customs of Cape Verde, ever since the independence of Cape Verde from Portugal in 1975, has pretty much put its people in disadvantageous situations. Some of these disadvantageous situations include: The ability for Cape Verdeans to receive desperately needed help from immigrant family members and relatives abroad via “tambors” (barrels). Every Cape Verdean in Cape …

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CAPE VERDE’S POLITICAL ELITE: THE LUXURY OF POVERTY

CAPE VERDE’S POLITICAL ELITE: THE LUXURY OF POVERTY

It’s extremely daunting and bold to associate the words luxury and poverty in correlating terms, some would think, especially when referencing government officials. After all, they, government officials, are the ones that we have entrusted with the task of narrowing the margins of, certainly, economic disparity. We have done so by 1) electing them and …

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