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Unidentified locals buying food basics with ration cards on July 7, 1993, in a shop with almost emty shelves in old Havana, Cuba. The economic growth stalled when fuel supplies from the former Sovietunionen stopped after the end of communism. President Fidel Castro has ruled the communist island for over 4 decades and been in war of words with the United States since then. They country has a good education and medical level but lacks freedom of the press and speech. .Photo: Per-Anders Pettersson/ iAfrika Photos