U.S. Terrorism and Aggression Against Cuba!
Cuba's Contributions to Humanity's Well-Being!
8, Cuba's Henry Reeve International Contingent of Doctors Specialized
in Disasters and Serious Epidemics received the People's Peace Prize,
awarded by U.S. members of the campaign to award it this year's Nobel
COVID-19 pandemic, we were very inspired to see how the medical
personnel of a small island under a criminal blockade risked their own
lives to save others in different countries throughout the world," said
Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the anti-war organization Code Pink.
She expressed regret that the medical brigade was not
recognized by the Nobel Prize Committee, explaining that this is why
they were given the People's Peace Prize, to highlight "the incredible
solidarity, humanism and values that they demonstrated for so many
The Contingent of Doctors Specialized in
Disaster Situations and Serious Epidemics was created on September 19,
2005 in Havana, at the initiative of the historical leader of the Cuban
Revolution, Fidel Castro, to show how to respond to tragedies around
the world. Its name honours a youth from the U.S. who fought for Cuba
in its First War of Independence from Spain.
will show that human beings can and should be better. We demonstrate
the value of conscience and ethics. We offer life," said Fidel.
The first emergency it faced a few days after its creation was in
Guatemala, where it assisted the population affected by the floods that
occurred there in October 2005 and also during the earthquake in
Pakistan. Cuba also offered to aid people in New Orleans after Hurricane
Katrina and the massive flooding in September 2005, but the U.S.
rejected the aid.
Among its many other missions, in 2010,
the brigade assisted those affected by the devastating earthquake in
Cuba was one of the first countries in the
world to respond to the call of the World Health Organization (WHO) and
the United Nations to confront the Ebola epidemic in Africa in 2014.
More recently, the health care professionals of the Henry
Reeve International Medical Brigade have provided assistance to more
than 40 countries to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
brigade has received many awards, including the Dr. Lee Jong-wook award
from the WHO in 2017.
the triumph of its revolution, Cuba has had a long history of providing
internationalist medical assistance to other countries, beginning in
May 1960, when it sent its first international emergency medical
brigade to Chile after it was hit by the massive Valdivia earthquake.
those who participated in the campaign to nominate the Henry Reeve's
Brigade for a Nobel Peace Prize deserve hearty congratulations. A
message of congratulations issued by the Embassy of Cuba in Ireland
"The campaign had a goal that went far
award itself. It was about facing a brutal hostile propaganda maneuver
undertaken by the Donald Trump government against Cuban medical
cooperation, which even attempted to intimidate the governments that
received such cooperation.
"It was about mobilizing
international public opinion in favour of the recognition of Cuban
health professionals, who left to help other peoples when the COVID-19
pandemic took thousands of lives a day and health systems collapsed.
Trump hid bodies in refrigerated trucks and suggested the use of bleach
as an effective remedy against the pandemic, Cuban doctors went
anywhere on the planet where it was necessary to save lives.
total of 57 brigades worked in more than 40 countries.
do not know how many candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize received the
support of statesmen, heads of government, parliamentarians,
international personalities and countless organizations that from
dozens of countries recognized the work of Henry Reeve. [...] Henry
Reeve has the best of all possible awards: the recognition and sincere
gratitude of the peoples."
This article was published in
Volume 51 Number 10 - October 10, 2021