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Announcement :: International
A message of solidarity to the people of the United States
03 Sep 2005
Text of a statement approved by the deputies of Cuba’s National Assembly of People’s Power and President Castro's offer of medical help.
A message of solidarity to the people of the United States

THE people of Cuba have followed with concern the news related to the effects of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Information that is still incomplete shows that it is a veritable tragedy of extraordinary dimensions.

In terms of physical destruction and material damage, it is considered to be the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history. The Red Cross in that country believes that its work will be even greater than what it confronted after the atrocious attack of September 11, 2001.

Tens of thousands of people are trapped in flooded areas, have lost their homes, are displaced or are refugees. The Louisiana governor has described the situation as desperate in New Orleans, where the water continues to rise. The mayor of that city stated that hundreds and perhaps thousands of people could have died there.

This disaster, with its enormous burden of death and suffering, is a blow to the entire population of those states, but is even more harshly afflicting African-Americans, Latino workers and poor U.S. citizens who comprise the masses still waiting to be rescued and taken somewhere safe, and they are the majority among the fatalities and people left homeless.

This news causes pain and sadness for the Cuban people. On their behalf, we wish to express our profound solidarity with the people of the United States, the state and local authorities and the victims of this disaster. The entire world should feel this tragedy as its own.

National Assembly of People’s Power of the Republic of Cuba

Havana, September 1, 2005


September 2, 2005

18:00 hs

Cuba offers inmediate medical help


Our country is ready to send, in the small hours of morning, 100 clinicians and specialists in Comprehensive General Medicine, who at dawn tomorrow, Saturday, could be in Houston International Airport, Texas, the closest to the region struck by the tragedy, in order to be transferred by air, sea or river to the isolated shelters, facilities and neighborhoods in the city of New Orleans, where the population and families are that require emergency medical care or first aid.

These Cuban personnel would be carrying backpacks with 24 kilograms of medications, known to be essential in such situations to save lives, as well as basic diagnosis kits. They would be prepared to work alone or in groups of two or more, depending on the circumstances, for as long as necessary.

Likewise, Cuba is ready to send via Houston, or any other airport of your choosing, 500 additional specialists in Comprehensive General Medicine, with the same equipment, who could be at their destination point at noon or in the afternoon of tomorrow, Saturday, September 3.

A third group of 500 specialists in Comprehensive General Medicine could be arriving in the morning of Sunday, September 4. Thus, the 1100 said medical doctors, with the resources described tantamount to 26.4 tons of medications and diagnosis kits, would be caring for the neediest persons in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina.

These medical doctors have the necessary international experience and elementary knowledge of the English language that would allow them to communicate with the patients.

We stand ready waiting for the US authorities’ response.

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Re: A message of solidarity to the people of the United States
03 Sep 2005
i wonder why they don't have solidarity with their own children in cuba. you know, the kids - the same ones who don't get enough milk because the cuban government needs that milk to put on a good public face for the fat, german tourists who visit their resorts.
04 Sep 2005
Our President IS a MORON!!! Free doctors! Yet, dumbass Bush says no to Cuba. He IS a moron! This hurricaine is the worst natural disaster in the last 200 years, for the United States. And our leader thinks he can handle it himself. He's living in Jack Daniels Land. What a moron! Think...people injured, dying and starving. Who could help those people? Doctors!
Our prez is letting his ego overload his pea-brain. All for Rumsfeld and the neos. How morbid and appalling.
Cuba extends a olive branch. And Bush ignores...for the love of money and evil.
Impeachment would be too polite. Imprisonment would be a start.
Take all the help you can get! This prez has got to be a damn shame. What an embarassment to us!