Cuba Celebrates International Youth Day

biranHavana, Aug 12 (Prensa Latina) The International Youth Day has today a wide celebration in Cuba and the main event for this date will be held in Biran, Holguin, birthplace of the historic leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro.

Some 400 young people from all provinces of the country will participate in this event, which will become a generation meeting among current members of the Cuban Young Communist League (UJC) and those who were members in early periods.

To celebrate this date, several activities were organized, among them, voluntary blood donation, productive works, a cultural gala, and concert with artists from Holguin.

Participants in this activities will go camping in Biran, as of Wednesday night, awaiting August 13, to celebrate Fidel Castro’s 89th birthday.

August 12, 1999 was declared as International Youth Day by the UN General Assembly.

According to UN statistics, about 18 percent of the world’s population is composed of young people between 15 and 24 years old, more than 200 million of them live in poverty, about 130 million are illiterate, nearly 73 million are unemployed, and some 10 million are living with HIV/AIDS.

Today’s activities include the launching of the book “Razones para luchar y vencer” (Reasons to Fight and Win), by Editora Abril publishing house, and, a concert at the Jose Marti Anti-Imperialist Tribunal in Havana tonight, to celebrate the International Youth Day and to receive August 13, date of Fidel Castro’s birthday.

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