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Santiago's hands make the city glow



By Gladys Dailyn Morera Cordero / Radio Cadena Agramonte.

Santiago García Pérez is one of the many anonymous people of Camagüey who sanitizes the city, no matter if is a cold, warm, or rainy day.

Every day, at 4:00 in the morning, arrives in the Agramonte Park with a broom in his hands, and there he remains, almost until noon, "shining the floors".

And although fatigue takes hold of him from time to time, nothing makes him more proud than to leave this highly visited place shining.

He regrets, of course, that those who come to admire him leave a trace of carelessness on it.¨Many people litter, even though there are baskets for it; and that hurts, for the city and for me. ”

But far from being intimidated, Santiago puts more and more desire, because the work, Marti said, magnifies the man, and the man in this story has been growing with the city for 20 years.

“You have to take it easy, not get angry with people´s negligence; but the truth is that it would be very good for all to become aware of the importance of cleanliness. ”

Every year, Santiago is recognized as the best Communal worker in Camagüey; confesses, "the secret is to feel love for what you do, even in a job like this, on which so many prejudices exist, and in which the stimuli do not abound."

"I think that we have to improve that, and I'm not just talking about material stuff, it can be morally stimulated too."

However, the greatest satisfaction of this man, and his challenge always, is to see the city clean. “Our city - he assures - is an extremely important mission: to contribute to the biological control of diseases, to the propagation of vectors and to the care and preservation of the environment and the heritage of Camaguey.”

As soon as we finish talking, Santiago returns to the broom and, with an enviable agility at his 70 years, he engages, without anything or anyone disturbing him, in his daily task.

I wish there were more men like Santiago in our city! (Photo by the author)