Sunday, 17 January 2010
News Blackout on Cuban Aid to Haiti
As I write the amount of aid and the speed in which it has been delivered to Haiti must be accredited to the Cubans while the Americans play a merciless game of delay. In the mainstream media's silence over the generous role being played by Cuba we see how the MSM remains in the stranglehold of US influence.
Cuba increases aid to Haiti
On Wednesday morning, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla received his counterpart from the Republic of Suriname, Lygia Louise Irene Kraag-Keteldijk, who is on an official visit to our country.
As part of official talks between the two ministers, Rodríguez gave a detailed explanation of the situation of Cuban cooperation workers in the sister Republic of Haiti after the terrible earthquake that occurred on Tuesday.
In that context, he clarified that there are currently "403 Cuban cooperative personnel, 334 of whom are working in the health sector as doctors and paramedics," in the devastated country. He said they had been able to confirm the status of all those working "within the city of Port-au-Prince. Only two of them received very slight injuries, and the others have confirmed that they are all right."
"We are verifying the situation and gathering complete information about cooperative workers in other parts of the country. We have been able to locate the majority of them and they are fine," he assured.
The minister added that victims have been receiving medical attention from the Cuban brigade since the earthquake struck. He noted that "they are now working in two campaign hospitals in our medical personnel’s accommodation facilities."
He said that plans are underway to more emergency aid to the sister Caribbean nation, consisting of "a quantity of medicine and health materials. An additional number of doctors are to travel there."
"Our ambassador and other compañeros working in Port-au-Prince spent the entire night and early morning touring the city to contact our compatriots there because communication lines have collapsed. Equally, "the team from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working tirelessly to coordinate the response from all of our institutions."
The Cuban foreign affairs minister reiterated Cuba’s disposition to participate in any CARICOM effort. "In this context we are in contact with the CARICOM mission and we will certainly work together there to provide assistance to the Haitian people."
Ana Ivis Galán García, Granma International
The Lesson of Haiti by Fidel Castro