An illustrious son of Cuba and an Africa’s friend died

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Fuente: Brigada Medica Cubana en Gambia

The historian of Havana, Eusebio Leal Spengler, one of the most illustrious and patriotic sons of Cuba, died on July 31st. His physical departure mourned Cubans and thousands of people around the world. He was a true prophet, a restorer of dreams, a defender of the just causes of peoples and a true friend of Africa. On this continent he affirmed in Havana on the occasion of the centenary of the South African leader, Nelson Mandela: “We were interested in the Africa of nations, the Africa of culture. We did not want to make an ethnological and ethnographic museum in Cuba about the spoils of the African people, but everything that is here was a gift from the nations, it was the gift of gratitude. And it was the Commander in Chief, Fidel Castro, who handed over to the House of Africa everything he had received as Head of State from the leaders of the national liberation movements and from the presidents of the black continent. ” Thus, he said, a collection emerged that has served for 32 years to explain history, to give classes and lessons, to speak of African spirituality, of its intimate, sanguine and moral presence in Cuba, because Cuba cannot be explained without Africa…” “… We cannot achieve lucidity in our national question if we do not transcend the purely racial issue and enter the essentially moral issue. It is that we are a mestizo people of blood and culture”. About Mandela Leal recalled: the fact that the South African leader was received in the House of Africa, and “that the cause for which he fought could have been realized in his own liberation, as a captive he was, as a symbol of peace and of no rancor. The symbol of the victory of virtue over violence, over evil, above all that crawls like a bastard at the foot of the human condition; Mandela represented all of that and more. ”

“The tribute paid to him on a world scale – assured the Historian of Havana – even by those who did not have or remained silent before the cause of the people of South Africa, was truly moving. Universities, kings, states, nations and, of course, Africa that saw in him a symbol of his dignity”. Written by: RUBEN GARCIA ABELENDA. #CubaAfricaFriendsForEver

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