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Cuba requires Africa’s fraternal assistance.

On the 9th of October, Uganda celebrates its freedom from colonial Britain, while Cuba commemorates the Heroic Guerrilla Man's death in combat, the start of the War for Independence, and World Solidarity with Cuba.

This week, African friendships with Cuba will organize an online meeting called “The African Continental Virtual Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba” on October 7th, 2021. This would have been the seventh meeting in a series of African Continental Solidarity gatherings that have occurred in recent years. The physical gathering was scheduled for November 23–25, 2021, in Mozambique, but the devastating COVID19 epidemic disrupted the plans.

In a strange coincidence, October is a month of meaning in both Ugandan and Cuban history.

On the 9th of October, Uganda celebrates its freedom from colonial Britain, while Cuba commemorates the Heroic Guerrilla Man’s death in combat, the start of the War for Independence, and World Solidarity with Cuba.

For the rest of Africa, we commemorate the death of the great Captain Thomas Sankara, the birth of the heroic Oliver Tambo, and indeed a period when various countries celebrate their emancipation from imperialist colonialism.

The purpose of the event is to continue to develop the links of friendship between Africa and Cuba. As you may be aware, Cuba has been the target of the US government’s genocidal economic, commercial, and financial blockade for more than 60 years, which was exacerbated by more than 240 coercive measures implemented by the previous President Donald Trump administration.

What has Cuba done in light of all of this? Cuba has recently been able to contribute to the global fight against the Covid-19 by assisting a number of countries in need of medical assistance.

It’s also worth remembering that during the peak of the world’s largest Ebola virus outbreak in 2010, the same government provided humanitarian aid in West African countries such as Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.

As a result, the event will provide a chance for the development of projects, suggestions, and strategy exchanges in support of Cuban people’s solidarity, as well as forging significant cooperation with Africa in the fields of health, research, and technology.

Uganda, in particular, has benefited from Cuba’s friendship, receiving educational assistance in the form of scholarships and university lecturers.

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On this note, I’d like to congratulate Uganda’s current Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah, on his recent declaration of Uganda’s solidarity with Cuba by pledging support for Cuba’s membership in the Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States, which will allow the country to play a more active role.

It’s worth noting that the Ugandan parliament established a Uganda-Cuba Parliamentary Friendship Group, which has been entrusted with passing a special resolution in favor of Cuba’s objective of ending the US blockade.

The virtual summit is thus an appropriate venue for reaffirming these solidarity efforts, especially while the COVID19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on global health and economic structures.

Africa requires Cuba’s breakthroughs in health care, and Cuba requires Africa’s economic opportunities and solidarity support.

One battle, multiple fronts!!

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