Castro was a great hero – Rawlings

Former President Jerry John Rawlings has described the late Cuban President Fidel Castro as a great hero and beacon of the struggle for true independence from the forces of oppression and neo-colonialism.

Cuba is mourning its revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, whose death was announced late on Friday.

Castro came to power in 1959 and ushered in a Communist revolution, defying the US for decades.

His supporters viewed him as a man who stood up to America during the Cold War and returned Cuba to the people. His critics, however, called him a dictator.

A statement signed by Kobina Andoh Amoakwa Communications Director for ex-president Rawlings stated that “Words cannot describe the worth of Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz. He was proud yet humble, poor materially but rich in spirit, affable yet courageous and a great warrior of unimaginable proportions.

“Arguably the greatest hero of the 20th Century, Fidel joined forces with like-minded legends including Che Guevara to create a new, resilient Cuban society that withstood decades of economic embargo and blatant aggression by the United States and its allies.

“Under his leadership and despite the economic hardships imposed upon his country, Cuba was able to build educational and healthcare systems that outperformed those of the so-called advanced countries and to make Cuba a star in the arts and in sports.

“Fidel loved Africa, standing by the continent in the most trying periods of his leadership. The Isle of Youth in Cuba had at its peak 3,000 Ghanaians. Hundreds of Ghanaians were educated in Cuba to become doctors, vets, agriculturists and engineers whilst our hospitals, especially in remote areas, have benefitted from the services of Cuban professors and doctors.

“Cubans laid down their lives in the painful liberation struggles in South Africa and elsewhere on the continent and Africa must forever be thankful for the sacrifices of Castro and the Cuban people.

“Not many nations are able to give so much of themselves and yet receive so little in return.

“Castro epitomised what strong resolve and dedication can achieve. His demise is a loss to the spirit of freedom.

Our heartfelt condolences to the people of Cuba. Fare thee well, Comrade Fidel Castro!”





Source: Starrfmonline.com