Africa’s Children Return! Fidel, Cuba and Africa 7pm, Tuesday, February 28 BMO Community Room Halifax Central Library 5440 Spring Garden Road
-Cuba specialist Dr. Isaac Saney will explore the history and impressive dimensions of the Cuban Revolution's solidarity with Africa. Film footage will be part of the presentation.- “The Cuban people hold a special place in the hearts of the peoples of Africa. The Cuban internationalists have made a contribution to African independence, freedom and justice, unparalleled for its principled and selfless character...Cubans came to our region as doctors, teachers, soldiers, agricultural experts, but never as colonizers.” Nelson Mandela, July 26, 1991.
“Humanity has a debt to the African people. We cannot let them down.”
Abelardo Moreno, Cuban UN Representative, September 16, 2014 Cuba’s crucial decisive role in African national and anti-colonial liberation struggles (from Algeria to South Africa) is marginalized in the dominant western discourse and narratives. Cuba’s critical contribution treated almost as if it had never occurred. Cuba’s ongoing medical missions in Africa are also frequently ignored. In 2014, Havana responded without hesitation to the Ebola epidemic in the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia & Sierra Leone. The Cuban medical mission was the largest sent by any country, consisting of 461 Cuban doctors and nurses chosen from more than 15,000 volunteers.