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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Cuba & Nicaragua Social Solidarity Praised
Havana, Cuba, Jul 18.- The solidarity ties between Cuba and Nicaragua have a distinctive feature, which is the support from Cuba on social matters, says Luis Cabrera, Cuban ambassador to this Central American nation.
In remarks to Prensa Latina during an act to celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the triumph of the Sandinista Revolution, the diplomat highlighted Cuban cooperation in health and education.
As a result of that collaboration, we can mention for example, that more than 94,000 Nicaraguans were beneficiaries of the Operation Miracle eye project, he said.
The initiative to help those with impaired vision recover their sight has been underway for five years in Nicaragua, where Cuban physicians offer surgery free of charge to patients suffering from cataracts and pterygium, among other diseases.
Cabrera also highlighted the "Todos con Voz" (Everyone with a Voice) program, destined to assist people with disabilities, as a program that has had a major impact.
He also mentioned the island's contribution to literacy, through the program "Yo, Si Puedo" (Yes, I Can), as well as the program in Cuba for dozens of Nicaraguans to study medicine.
Another achievement in these years with Cuba's support is the end of electricity cuts, the ambassador said.
On July 19, 1979, a guerrilla and mass movement defeated the regime of Anastasio Somoza Debayle, beginning a period promoting health, education and land distribution.
The Cuban Revolution was an example and an inspiration for that process, noted Cabrera, who once again mentioned Nicaraguan support for the causes defended by the Caribbean island. (Prensa Latina).