The grief we feel today is multiplied when we recognize the immense contribution that Fidel has made towards the advancement of the cause of the poor and lesser developed countries the world over. Arguably, for most of us, our dreams of academic and professional accomplishments would not have been realized or made possible were it not for Fidel and by extension a popular peopleâs Revolution in 1959. We owe much to the generosity and immense sacrifice of the Cuban people and its indefatigable leader Fidel.
We have absolutely no doubt that Fidelâs work and contribution will forever be remembered and will continue to inspire several generations to come. How history defines his legacy will never be determined by what his detractors cowardly propagate through the western media. His legacy will forever be etched in the minds and hearts of all those lives that were positively impacted by Cubaâs internationalist and humaniÂtarian interventions. Among these will be the contribution of Cuba to the liberation of Southern Africa from the scourges of apartheid.
Being the brainchild of Fidel, Cuba opened its doors uninterruptedly for more than three decades to tens of thousands of young people from all parts of the world, offering them hope and the opportunity to obtain a tertiary education gratis that otherwise would not have been remotely possible for the vast majority. This profound gesture of human solidarity â forged in the context of a most pernicious economic blockade â must go down in history as one of the most significant acts of liberation and international solidarity.
The best tribute that we can pay to Fidelâs memory will be to utilize our academic talents and educational achievements in the service of humanity, especially the less fortunate. His work is a worthy example that we should all strive to emulate as he taught us that “to live is to giveâ from what little we have without expecting much in return. This legacy we must pass to our children and grand-children and encourage them that when they grow up to be like Fidel.
Long live the memories and ideas of Fidel!
Long live the Cuban Revolution!
Our hearts go out to the Cuban People at this time of mourning!
Representative of Cuban Graduates of SVG