Angolan professionals trained in Cuba reject US blockade

Luanda, Feb 1 (Prensa Latina) Witnesses of the hardships in a blockaded country, Angolan professionals trained in Cuba demand an end to the United States economic, financial and commercial blockade against that Caribbean nation.

Members of the Association of former Angolan students in Cuba, known as Caimaneros (the term refers to the silhouette of the island), talked about the issue with Prensa Latina, after an assembly held in Luanda on Saturday to renew the organization’s leadership, as a result Agustin Narciso was elected its president.

One of the participants, Jesus Lindador, who graduated in Agronomy and is currently a specialist in the banking sector, lived in Cuba for nine years, where he studied several education levels until he completed his university degree.

‘I am a son of Cuban solidarity, which we have never lacked, not now or in the difficult times of the war in Angola,’ he said.

In 2019, Lindador visited the Cuban provinces of Havana, Matanzas, Pinar del Rio and his beloved Isla de la Juventud, the Cuban region that welcomed him when he was just 12 years old, he said.

‘I liked remembering those times, meeting teachers, professors and friends, but I was sad to see the old schools for foreign scholarship holders in Isla de la Juventud,’ he said.

According to Lindador, the great triumph of international solidarity would be the lifting of the blockade, which ‘has long caused a lot of damage.’

Each country is free to choose its own path and ‘Cubans chose socialism and the US Government does not have the right to impose economic sanctions, or to try to undermine the unity of that nation through cultural penetration,’ he told Prensa Latina.

According to Sandra Diogo, who is currently a physiotherapist at a Luanda hospital, the blockade is incoherent with the prevailing logic in the world.

Cuba should have the opportunity to access free trade in order to solve many of its social problems, she said.

‘I am aware of what is happening there, Cubans now have a shortage of medicines and many difficulties with food. It is said in the United States that the blockade is to help the people, if it were true, then it would be no reason to exist,’ he expressed.

Felismina Neto studied in Cuba for eight years and returned with a degree in pediatric nursing; she likes to tell that she is a graduate of the Juan Manuel Paez Inchausti Polytechnic Institute of Health, located at 2 1/2 Km of the Caney highway, in eastern Santiago de Cuba province.

In Angola, she worked for about 20 years in the nutritional recovery of children and she has assumed responsibilities in the provincial health department in Luanda to date, without ceasing to improve herself, since she did a university degree and then a master’s degree.

For nine years, she has been coordinating the extended vaccination program in that province, the most populated and complex region in the country, as the Covid-19 pandemic incidence indicates at present.

As she explained, the State’s preparations to start immunization against this disease are a high priority. The health professionals who work directly with the population will be among the first to be vaccinated.

‘I feel very proud for identifying myself as a Caimanera and that feeling is not only from Felismina Neto, but from all people who went to Cuba one day to study and can currently help Angola’s development,’ she said.

‘I may be sick, but if they tell me that there is an activity of the Caimaneros, whether it is philanthropic, fraternization, I get up and go, she stressed.

Neto noted that her family often tells her, ‘Mina is like that because she is Cuban.’ It is true, she said, ‘I feel as Cuban as the children who were born in that land, the people who support the blockade are inhumane, whoever knows that country knows that it deserves the best.’

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