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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
From Cuba's Flat Lands to Caracas's Hills
By Miozotis Fabelo Pinares / Radio Cadena Agramante cllaborator.
For the last nine months, Camaguey-born Julio Valdés, of the Building Materials Supply Company, has been providing assistance in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
“I drive a truck with trailer in Camaguey province (Cuba), but here I’ve been driving a truck for transporting earth, so we are here fulfilling the mission that they have entrusted to me”.
Today, Valdés is working on the hills around Caracas, where a new village Caribia is being built. Venezuelan families affected by natural disasters will live here.
“We are removing ground, preparing terraces, lowering hills to make them flat and be able to build houses and other buildings”.
In Cuba, Julio Valdés was used to drive his truck through the roads of Camaguey’s plain lands, but here his experience has been unforgettable.
“At first I was assigned to work with an experienced local driver, so that he could teach me to go up and descend those steep slopes which are all around Caracas. They taught us how to drive the truck, and little by little, we managed to do our way down the hills with our trucks loaded. Well, after several months of work in Venezuela and 26 years of experience as a truck driver in Cuba and I have been able to overcome obstacles”.
However, diverse stories confirm how dangerous is the job Julio is doing. This work has been possible thanks to his skills and the support of other Venezuelan drivers who are used to drive the hills, which stands over 1,000 metres above the city level.
From Venezuela, this worker of the Building Materials Supply Company sends a message to his coworkers in Camaguey:
“The Revolution assigns us tasks that we must fulfil in any country. Now we have this honourable mission to accomplish in Venezuelan soil and we shall fulfil it well.
“My best wishes from the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to all Cubans, and especially those who live in my province, Camaguey”.
In Venezuela, the Massive New Housing Mission foresees the construction of 350,000 houses in the current year, a task in which many Cubans providing assistance abroad, like Camaguey-resident Julio Valdés, are taking part.