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Rafting Jamaica's Rio Grande



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In 1838 slavery was finally abolished in Jamaica, and without slave labour the sugar industry, once the backbone of Jamaica's economy, collapsed. Today tourism has replaced sugar as the country's main source of foreign currency – the grand estates of the sugar barons replaced by grand resorts of multinational hotel chains. According to Nadia, service jobs – despite their abysmally low wages – are providing a better life, security and hope for thousands of Jamaicans. But for others – the subsistence farmer with nothing to sell, the unskilled labourer without a job – for those marginalized in Jamaica's highly polarized society the better life is still only a dream. At least even the poorest among them can claim to be free. Or can they?