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Chances are that if you're a 30-year-old woman in Cuba, you've already been divorced three times: 70 percent of marriages fail. As long as both partners agree, a couple can get divorced in five minutes before a notary public for only $3.50. Most couples live in cramped, crowded apartments with relatives and no privacy or intimacy, which contributes to the divorce rate here.

"Life in Communist Cuba can be a struggle, even if you are at the top of your profession," reports CNN's Lucia Newman. "A doctor, a dancer or a waiter all earn about the same, roughly $23 dollars a month. Ninety-nine percent of Cubans don't even own a car. Although salaries are low, the state provides for all health care and education through college, plus some basic food rations. Abortions are free, too. By the time a woman is in her 30s, she's had an average of four abortions."
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FROM: Around the World with Oprah
Published on October 06, 2004

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