In Photos: Life in Castro's Cuba

Upon the death of Fidel Castro, see an inside perspective of what life was like in his Cuba.

In light of the death of Cuba’s longtime leader Fidel Castro, we look back at what daily life was like for Cubans under Castro.

National Geographic photographer David Alan Harvey captured these images on a 1998 assignment on the Caribbean island.

In an interview, he expanded on some of his impressions of the country.

"One thing that really does need to be made clear is that there isn't abject poverty in Cuba," Harvey said. "You're not going to find people sleeping in the streets or kids that look malnourished. But they don't have a lot of material possessions, and there is a lot of inconvenience—standing in line is what you do in Cuba for everything."

Since he stepped down after suffering from poor health in 2006, Castro ceded power to his younger brother, Raúl.

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