06 Dec 2016 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 06 DEC (NAMPA) Namibians who lived and studied in Cuba described the late Fidel Castro as their 'father and leader; a hero who will forever remain a friend to Namibia'.
Delivering a message of solidarity at the State Memorial Service held in honour of the late Castro on Tuesday, Inspector-General of the Namibian Police Force Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga said they recall Castro as a father who provided them food, shelter and education while in exile during Namibias liberation struggle.
The late Cuban Revolutionist died on 25 November 2016 at the age of 90. His remains were cremated the following day and interred on 04 December 2016.
The former students of Cuba are part of a group of over 3 000 children survivors who were rescued by the Cuban army forces after the Cassinga massacre attack in 1978, and taken to Cuba in 1979.
On the 4 May 1978, the South African army launched an air attack on the Cassinga army base and camp of the South West Africa Peoples Orgiansation (SWAPO) in Angola.
Fidel did not focus on the Cuban people only, but also extended his strategy to other people in the world, including the liberation movement such as SWAPO of Namibia, said Ndeitunga.
He explained they did not only learn lessons, but also solid principals that are imbedded in their characters and personalities to this day.
As a caring father and leader, Fidel would always find time to come to the Hendrik Witbooi School on the island where the students were, just to visit and assess academic progress and the well-being of the students.
During the State Memorial Service, the former Cuban students chanted Fidel Amigo, Namibia esta con tigo, meaning Fidel my friend, Namibia is with you. They were all clad in white t-shirts printed with Castros picture.
Our departed beloved comandante sacrificed a lot for Namibia and we should acknowledge that. Were it not for the Cuban internationalists, we might still have continued to be under colonial and apartheid oppression today, said Ndeitunga.