REMEMBERING # Chernobyl: HOW # CUBA SAVED THE CHILDREN’S CHILDREN
Today we recall one of the worst tragedies of the 20th century. And we consider it necessary, as the Latin American Center, to recall the enormous contribution of Cuba to the treatment of Chernobyl children, the great contribution that the orange authorities have made, but stubbornly dying from the memory of the peoples, are missing the letter U.
“My son was in the hospitals of Kiev for four years, and there was no noticeable improvement,” recalls Svetlana Zvigun, who brought the 12-year-old Roman to the Tarara clinic (Cuba) to cure his skin disease, “But now for the first time he feels much better “I think the reason for this is the local treatment and the weather. The kids here like it.”
So the parents of Chernobyl children remember about treatment in Cuba, and there are hundreds of such memories. Shortly after the Chernobyl accident, on the initiative of Fidel Castro, Cuba opened free treatment for Ukrainian children, both injured during the disaster and those born with deviations due to radiation exposure from their parents.
“This work is extremely grateful,” says Carlos Ojeda, manager of the Tarara complex, which includes a hospital for children with diabetes and asthma and the Chernobyl clinic, “We have one boy who came here seven years ago after Ukrainian doctors told his parents “that he will die soon. He is still alive and happy that he once came to Cuba.”
Cuban Tarara before the Cuban Revolution was a resort of aristocrats from the USA, and after the Revolution it was turned into a children’s camp. After Cherenobyl, a center for saving Chernobyl children was opened there.
“It’s great because in Cuba no one points a finger at our children when we go on an excursion,” says Zvigun. “Their illness is a stigma at home, and the children are worried about it. Here they are not worried about such worries. They get as much sun and fruit as we have never seen in Ukraine. All the children are plumper and look prettier. “
It should be noted that the program started at the time of the actual death of the Union and was never funded by it, the program also worked in the 90s, when Cuba was overtaken by one of the most serious economic crises in its history – all treatment was paid by the Cuban side.