Johanna Bermúdez Castillo September, 8 2011

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Johanna Bermúdez Castillo

September, 8 2011

A Sad Inside Into Limon Blues

The book Limon Blues by Ana Cristina Rossi depicts how the inhabitants of Limon have lived in an overwhelming enviroment of poverty, isolation, and racism. Along the history of Costa Rica, Limon has suffer from many social problems as a result of the abandonment in which it is immersed. Natives, foreign people, and new comers from the Caribbean coast have experimented all types of violence since they have been they least privileged due to their skin complexion among other aspects. Limon, despite its beautiful natural scenarios, has been relegated because of the social issues that have stereotyped the region as a violent place with lack of strong legislation in terms of human rights. Therefore, the author of Limon Blues depicts this sad reality of emphasizing the poverty, isolation, and racism in Limon since the XX Century.

Limon is one of the poorest regions in Costa Rica. Although nowadays people in almost all provinces have an easier access to the basic social services like education, health, and employment, people in Limon still have problems regarding those services. The lack of employment is one of the main issues that the inhabitants of the province had to suffer, even nowadays. In the book, the difficult access to well-remunerated jobs caused that black people did not have

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enough incomes to survive. Moreover, Afro-Caribbean people had to work at the Bananeras like the United Fruit Company in where they were exploited and they easily get sick. This situation contributes to low their quality of life and to isolate them even more.

The lack of governmental intervention in the province is one of the main contributors to increase poverty since nobody really cares about the social conditions of the citizens in the region. They practically lived in an isolated world where transnational companies exploited them. For instance, when a group of men told Orlandus that he had to left his land because it was property of Minor C. Keith : El mapa era del gobierno de Costa Rica y mostraba que del sur del rio Pacuare hasta la frontera con Panama, todas las tierras era de Minor C. Keith.

( p.22). It evidences that poor people practically did not have rights because the transnational company took every piece of land with the government´s consent.

Moreover, the inhabitants of Limon were and has been abandoned by the government so it has increased poverty and other social problems.

The racism is perhaps one of the main issues in the province of Limon and the rest of the country at that time. In the book the reader can get many examples of racism toward Afro-Caribbean people. For instance when Orlandus got into a restaurant and a black woman scream Oiga! Salga inmediatamente, aquí no se permiten negros! ( p.23). It illustrates that even though the province has had many

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social problems like poverty and delinquence, the situation could be even worse if they were black people. In the Costa Rica of the Twenty Century racism was not considered a social problem, that is why the province of Limon, which has a bigger concentration of black people, has been isolated since that time. Furthermore, in the book the reader understand how cruel was racism and how it contrubuted to deteriorate the social condition of people in Limon and the rest of regions in the world that has black population.

To conclude, the book Limon Blues by Ana Cristina Rossi shows the reader into a world of poverty, isolation, and racism. This world is not far away of us: it is located in the Suiza Centroamericana, a place known for its peace and equality. We as citizens must understand that for the Limonences the perception of the country is very different, perhaps as Orlandus says : What does Suiza have to do with Costa Rica?

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