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Published On: Thu, Aug 10th, 2023

Cubans To Celebrate Fidel Castro’s 97thbirthday On Saturday

Sir Ruben G. Abelenda, Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to The Gambia together with his medical brigade and the medical team are set to commemorate their late President, Fidel Castro’s 97thbirthday on Saturday.

Late President, Fidel Castro was from August 1926 to 25th November 2016, a Cuban revolutionary and politician who was the leader of Cuba from 1959 to 2011, serving as the prime minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976. He became the president of Cuba from 1976 to 2008 and died in November 25, 2016.

In an interview with the VOD media on the proposed Remembrance Day, Ambassador Ruben said that the day is in fulfillment of Fidel Castro’s legacy and his bravery for serving his nation with strong commitment.

Ambassador Ruben informed that the celebration would be held at his residence in Banjul, Saturday 12th August, 2023, a day before the actual birthday.

He said that “we are going to continue remembering Fidel Castro here in the country and working together with the Gambian people and helping them in any way we can.”

“That is the work we are going to do to remember Fidel. We are going to fulfill his legacy. The debt of Cuba is with Africa,” he informed.

Sir Ruben advanced as quoted by Cuban friend, he said “I heard a Cuban in Madrid say a few years ago that, Fidel Castro represents the unity of his compatriots, which he forged with his invaluable example.”

He continued with the quotation that “he was never awarded a Nobel Prize, nor did he need it, because he will always have the recognition and admiration of the most dispossessed human beings, those who make up the vast majority of the inhabitants of our planet.”

The quote notes that “Fidel Castro’s convictions, principles, and actions in accordance with them, his well-known guerrilla attitude, without ever giving in an iota, force his few, but powerful enemies to respect him, and even fear his  force of ideas.”

He mentioned that the quotation further explained that not a few of his adversaries preferred to avoid approaching Fidel to escape his vigorous power of conviction, adding that those who tried to assassinate him, in more than 600 frustrated attacks, lacked what the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution had in excess, courage and dignity.

“From the beginning of his struggles for the true independence of Cuba, and for the just causes of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and other regions of the world, Fidel was always in the first trench, sparing no risk to his life, commendable efforts and permanent dedication,” the Cuban friend mentioned.

The ambassador went further to mention that the flow of his fights in defense of his own and of the poor of this land in innumerable scenarios, both political, diplomatic and military, will be very difficult to match, and for many, it is a record that can never be surpassed.

He added that “Fidel is not and will not be absent from a single event in which his immortal presence means encouragement and hope for his people and humanity.

His legacy has the virtue of turning afflictions into true triumphs, and his promises and omens came true due to his long-sightedness, perseverance, intelligence, tenacity, and that permanent fidelity that honors his name.”

He concluded that “his word, his exceptional pen and his precepts have been and will be his main teaching and warning weapons, in addition to putting the powerful oppressors of the peoples and enemies of peace in their rightful place, the sovereignty and independence.”

Of course, due to these qualities and for being the Science of Example, as the Cuban friend described it, Fidel will continue accompanied by millions of his compatriots in the construction and resistance of the Revolution of January 1, 1959, and in his dream that a better world is possible.

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