Thirteen Caribbean nationals, including Barbadians, have been awarded for their support to the Cuban revolution.
They were honoured last evening by Cuba’s ambassador to Barbados, Lissette Perez, at a celebration to mark the 55th anniversary of victory by the Fidel Castro-led army against the then government.
Much of the celebration at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill focused on Cuban military assistance to Angola in the face of an invasion by the then Apartheid-ruled South Africa, and the decisive battle of Cuito Cuanavale that marked not only the defeat of the invaders but also a turning point against oppression leading up to eventual freedom for Nelson Mandela.
President of the Clement Payne Movement, David Comissiong told the audience of Barbados’ role in facilitating refueling of Cuban aircraft en route to Angola with troops.
The evening’s activities saw a number of cultural performances, including musical renditions by Gabby and interpretive dances by members of the Israel Lovell Foundation and Dancing Africa.