Candidacy of the Cuban medical contingent Henry Reeve for the Nobel Peace Prize formally registered
The World Council for Peace formally registered the candidacy of the International Contingent of Doctors Specialized in Disaster Situations and Serious Epidemics “Henry Reeve”, of Cuba, for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2021.
The president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel , highlighted the news on his Twitter account:
“Cuba before the world: doctors and not bombs. The World Council for Peace formally registered the candidacy of the Cuban medical contingent Henry Reeve, for the Nobel Peace Prize ”.
The letter sent to the Norwegian Nobel Committee highlights the great challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has posed for humanity, and the essential role that international solidarity results in the relief of those who suffer the most from such emergencies.
The letter draws attention to the work of the Cuban professionals: “We see as the most sincere example of such international solidarity the work that the “Henry Reeve,”Cuban medical contingent” has been doing since long before it was announced. the outbreak of the coronavirus ”.
By listing the dozens of countries that have attended in different regions of the world, he exalts that this altruistic work is not temporary, but rather qualifies as part of “a long-lasting Cuban tradition of humanistic care for other peoples that is carried out even in opposition to to extreme economic challenges for the Island, which suffers extremely harsh sanctions that, in sharp contrast to the disposition of the Cubans, also last more than six decades and impose serious hardships on the people ”.
Sent “on behalf of dozens of national peace committees in approximately one hundred countries,” the message highlights how, before multiplying in the nations that requested them to face COVID-19, Cuban specialists had already collaborated “to overcome the effects of 16 floods, eight hurricanes, eight earthquakes and four epidemics ”.
By signing that the “Henry Reeve” Contingent has been “saving countless lives and showing the human empathy and kindness for which they continue to be remembered wherever they have been,” it considers that, in keeping with the objective promoted by the signing council, his work “ it is key in the construction of peace in the midst of violent and structural conflicts ”, and so that“ people can have their most basic needs covered in conditions of disasters and extreme poverty ”.
In contrast to the intense campaign of discredit financed by the United States against the island’s collaboration, the formalization of the candidacy seals a unanimous international pronouncement that exalts the noble attitude of Cuban Medicine , whose professionals, as recently stated at the UN by the Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, whether they receive the Nobel or not, “years ago they won the recognition of the peoples blessed by their health work”.
The “Henry Reeve” Brigade was created on September 19, 2005 in response to the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina to New Orleans, in the United States, with an initial group of more than 12,000 Cuban health professionals who were willing to to support the recovery, however, the US government refused to receive aid.
According to official figures, Cuba has sent more than 3,700 collaborators to date, grouped into 46 brigades, to 39 countries and territories affected by Covid-19.