By Confidente Reporter
SPEAKING at a memorial service of the commander of the Cuban Revolution and founding President of the Republic of Cuba, the late Fidel Castro Ruz, President Hage Geingob said Castro had an unflinching belief in the liberation of the oppressed.
“It was at a SWAPO camp in Cassinga, southern Angola where racist South African military forces launched a brutal attack on defenseless Namibian women and children in exile. The first responders to this scene of brutality and death were the gallant Cuban forces who came to our rescue. It was in our defence in which Cuban soldiers lost their lives and limbs,” said Geingob.
“After the attack, Cuba was the first country to provide education facilities at the Island of Youth for 3 000 surviving children of the Cassinga massacre,” he added.
Geingob pointed out that the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale was yet another example of Castro’s unwavering support and stance regarding the liberation of the oppressed in southern Africa. He further believed that under Castro’s command, Cuba risked its own national security in order to repel apartheid South Africa, as defeat at Cuito Cuanavale would have been a defeat to all the oppressed people of southern Africa and victory to racist South Africa and the imperialism it represented.
“True to his revolutionary heart, Castro had no interest other than the liberation of our people. He had no interest in the vast natural resources of free Namibia and his view was that Cubans did not come to collect gold or diamonds, all they wanted was to return the remains of their fallen comrades.”
Geingob ensured the mourners that Namibia will be forever reminded of Fidel Castro in the countless Namibian children who are named either Fidel or Castro; through the 3 000 Namibians from Cassinga who grew up in Cuba, who speak fluent Spanish and now occupy positions throughout the public and private sector, and further through the Cuban doctors, nurses and pharmacists who continue to work in local hospitals and clinics.
“The legacy of Castro is an eternally burning flame that will continue to inspire and ignite the passion of progressive forces of the world as we fight for economic justice and the realisation of an equitable world order,” concluded Geingob.
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