The three-quarters of the people who live in villages, many of them in abject poverty, will not enjoy the trickle-down of any drops of prosperity for many years to come.
Please accept those best wishes from the church of which I am an abject servant," he said.
We watch Aunt Baby scrabble from abject poverty to a useful calling as a midwife, see her deliver the baby of a mother near death, and finally witness her own fiery death in a blaze set by the Ku Klux Klan.
"People don't even buy food." Sub-Saharan Africa is in abject poverty because of overpopulation, a lack of resources in some countries, and mismanagement and corruption in others.
The trick, as the hospital governor explains, is not to plead abject poverty, because that would fail to impress the foreign visitors, but to persuade the minister that the place needs more money. In practice we never get that far.
How long Cubans will be willing to suffer abject poverty in support of their generalissimo's passions is an open question.