Ja­maica should mourn Cas­tro

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE ED­I­TOR, Sir: THE WORLD has lost an icon. A feel­ing of de­spair should over­shadow Ja­maica if not the en­tire Caribbean at this mo­ment, upon the pass­ing of the Cuban rev­o­lu­tion­ary Fidel Cas­tro.

De­spite the dis­taste­ful things, most of us were led to think of him, es­pe­cially in Ja­maica, as a friend. Some of the kind­ness he has done for Ja­maica included the field of medicine, ed­u­ca­tion, recre­ation and en­ergy. I will avoid the dis­taste­ful Cuban bulb pro­gramme, as that was a stab in the back of the Cuban kind­ness from our own rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Not so long ago, there was a two-year pro­gramme be­tween Ja­maica and Cuba, where biomed­i­cal ex­perts were sum­moned to re­pair some of our fail­ing med­i­cal equip­ment, no­tably den­tal ma­chines.

TREMEN­DOUS BOOST

In the field of ed­u­ca­tion, Ja­maica gained a tremen­dous boost. Among the do­na­tions are Jose Marti High and G.C. Fos­ter Col­lege.

In West Africa, it was the Cuban med­i­cal staff that un­doubt­edly changed the Ebola sit­u­a­tion and got it un­der some con­trol.

Fidel Cas­tro was no saint, but is there such a thing? Fidel Cas­tro man­aged to turn Cuba into one of the most sci­en­tific and ed­u­cated coun­tries to­day. I be­lieve the cur­rent Jamaican Gov­ern­ment should show our re­spect and at least de­clare 10 min­utes of na­tional mourn­ing for our pass­ing brother. ZAVIER SIMP­SON za­vier_simp­son@hot­mail.com

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