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Cuba carries out activities for centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela

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SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba, Dec 12 (ACN) The day of tribute in Cuba to the centenary of the birth of South African Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), closes in this city with academic and cultural activities.

This Tuesday, two round tables on Africa and the Caribbean were held in the Heredia Theatre, with representatives of the diplomatic corps of countries from those geographical areas accredited in Cuba, in whose speeches the legacy of Mandela and the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, stood out.
Abdoul Kader Toure, ambassador of the Republic of Mali, said that both personalities taught the world that respect, dignity and conviction can do anything and also left indelible traces.
He praised the friendly relations that were professed and stressed that Mandela and Fidel are models for eternity because of their political genius, intellectual rigour, moral strength and commitment to just causes.
PhD Martha Cordiés, director of the African Cultural Center, and Orlando Vergés, director of Casa del Caribe, prestigious institutions based in Santiago de Cuba, were the moderators of that fruitful session, which also dealt with the cultural ties that unite them.
Thaninga Pandit Shope-Linney, South Africa's ambassador to Cuba, said that the day began last May in Havana and stressed its importance in teaching the world the similarity between African and Caribbean peoples, that the problems of one and the other are the same and that they can unite to help each other more.
It is necessary to strengthen this union, which is why it is in the interest of maintaining these meetings in the future, she said.
The "Heredia" exhibit includes images and a chronology of the life of Mandela, who was imprisoned for 27 years for fighting against the apartheid regime and was elected president of South Africa.
In addition, there was a display of traditional handicrafts and pieces and a fashion show with African costumes.
The ambassadors of 15 countries were received in the afternoon at the headquarters of the Provincial Assembly of People's Power.
Lourdes Remón, secretary of that governing body, thanked them for their presence in Santiago de Cuba and said that the centenary of Nelson Mandela's birth is an excellent opportunity to reflect on his life and follow his steps to build a better world.
Tomorrow, the activities will close with cultural presentations by African students in this eastern city and the Steel Band, from the town of El Cobre.

 

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