Cuba’s late leader Fidel Castro remembered fondly in Vanuatu for his support at UN for independence for New Hebrides

Fidel Castro, President of Cuba addressing the General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York in 1979. Photo: UN/Yutaka Nagata

Fidel Castro, President of Cuba addressing the General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York in 1979. Photo: UN/Yutaka Nagata

Cuba and Vanuatu have been engaged seriously in more ways than just the training of ni-Vanuatu doctors to keep ni-Vanuatu healthy. The death of the Cuba’s premier statesman, Fidel Castro, and his assistance during the independence struggles of Vanuatu have been acknowledged by Vanuatu’s former PM Barak Sope as the news of the Cuban leader’s passing is heard around the world. Sope and Castro were indeed friends back in the 1970s, and Cuba’s support for Vanuatu at the UN Decolonisation Committee was greatly appreciated here. Anyone going to the Vila Central Hospital is these days still impressed at the number of Cuban doctors, and Cuban-trained doctors, here in Vanuatu. The friendship between Cuba and Vanuatu remains strong. (Radio Vanuatu)

The killing of a father in his thirties near Erakor Friday night remains a horrific incident, accompanied by the burning of two houses and everything within them, and worse, a mob’s refusal to let the fire brigade do its work. The man had his head cut open with a bushknife. The dead man was from Tanna, the attacker allegedly from Malekula. The story has a long way to run yet as it is said to have accompanied a marriage at a time of year when these are not permitted in that area: over the holiday season. (Daily Post)

Vanuatu has 52 new citizens following President Lonsdale presenting them with their certificates at the Convention Centre. Working together was viewed as important by all new Ni-Vanuatu and the officials present.


One Comment on “Cuba’s late leader Fidel Castro remembered fondly in Vanuatu for his support at UN for independence for New Hebrides”

  1. Anna says:

    What a great archival image of Castro at the UN supporting Vanuatu’a independence. Tankyu tumas Vanuatu Daily Digest for finding this.

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