Radio Havana Cuba | Cuba and South Africa, a great brotherhood

Radio Havana Cuba | Cuba and South Africa, a great brotherhood
Radio Havana Cuba | Cuba and South Africa, a great brotherhood

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By María Josefina Arce

Great is the brotherhood that unites the people of Cuba and South Africa, a reflection of the friendship, mutual admiration and respect that united their leaders Fidel Castro and Nelson Mandela, who barely a year after leaving prison, where He stayed almost three decades, traveling to Cuban territory.

The anti-apartheid fighter would summarize the solidarity that has characterized relations between the two countries, when he expressed that Cubans went to their land as doctors, teachers, agricultural experts and soldiers to fight against underdevelopment and apartheid, but never as colonizers.

Thirty years have passed since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Havana and Pretoria. Three decades in which solidarity cooperation has been present, for the benefit of both peoples.

Collaboration in the health sphere stands out. Professionals from the Caribbean nation have been present in that state since the 90s of the last century. They have helped improve health rates and bring medical care to the most remote places for the first time.

The government and people of the African country highly valued Cuba’s rapid response to the request for help during the COVID19 pandemic, given the increase in the number of people infected with the virus.

Family doctors, epidemiologists, electromedics and biotechnologists battled with their South African counterparts to reduce the incidence in that territory of the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

Cubans worked in five provinces of South Africa, with greater representation in those where the most cases of Covid19 were reported.

The South African brothers, for their part, donated supplies and medicines to support Cuba in the fight against the virus, in the face of the tightening of the North American blockade in the midst of the global health emergency.

The existing cooperation between the two countries also extends to the field of education. Young people from that nation on the African continent have been trained on Cuban soil as doctors and in other professions.

South Africa has always been at the side of the Cuban people in their fight against the genocidal North American blockade and has also demanded from the United States that Cuba be removed from the unilateral list of countries supposedly sponsoring terrorism.

Cuba and South Africa have marched together in their goal of a better future for their people. The friendship that unites them is indestructible and proof of time and geographical distance.

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