Friday, May 26, 2006
Miracles You Can Touch
People are learning to read and write in dozens of countries in their own languages thanks to a Cuban method named "I can do it". For that the island has received recognition from UNESCO and, most of all, from people who have benefited from literacy campaigns which have extended the fame of Cuban teachers from Central America to New Zealand.
That is hardly all that Cuba is doing to make this a better world. Scientists of the island have made great advances in finding cures for head and neck cancers with monoclonal agents that are now undergoing clinical tests in Germany, Italy, Canada, China and India. In particular, the HR-3 is a product now patented and sold in Colombia, Argentina and Brazil.
Nothing material ties Cuban intelligentsia. Their personal pride and joy is to help other peoples besides their own countrymen, make their mark for generations to come. Being a country poor in energy and other natural resources, the Cuban government dedicated all its efforts to develop the country´s human resources and the love for all those who suffer over the world.
The big media does not care very much to reveal that face of Cuban reality. On the contrary, they find it more interesting to highlight if President Fidel Castro has so much money in bank accounts abroad. Coming from a landtenant family, Fidel and his brother Raul renounced their relatives´ wealth to fight for that which they thought was right. His modesty and austere lifestyle are proverbial. People would not have it otherwise, he has been an example in their strive to resist aggression, economic blockade and discredit campaigns.
Like a Cuban song goes, we don´t have a perfect society but try to improve our quality of life each day. Life expectancy is almost reaching 80 years, while infant mortality is below 6, health indicators similar or higher than those of many developed nations.
Our greatest wealth is passing on to other peoples what little knowledge we have or, when necessary, helping them rid themselves from something so denigrating as the apartheid regime.