A solidarity that they don't understand
Antonio Peredo Leigue, January 11
A few weeks ago, at the end of 2006, the
We decided that this is not the type of “aid” we need for our countries. Begging which, moreover, was conditioned in relation to the interests of the tycoon who took out some coins so that the beggar could buy some bread.
Something different, distinct, is solidarity. It is the will of a people who, taking from the resources it needs, hands it over to his brother who is in more need. Share the bread they eat. That is solidarity.
Let’s look at the figures:
In the year just finished a few days ago, volunteer Cuban doctors who came to our country attended to 3 million people. This attention is absolutely free. It includes the analysis and diagnosis. If the patient needs further examinations, x-rays and other tests, they are done right there and then without cost. Afterwards, the doctor prescribes medicines, which are also provided for free. That is how solidarity is understood.
In this period, with opportune medical intervention, 3746 lives were saved. It’s possible that, in a situation like the years gone by, they would have died.
“Operation Miracle” is the name of the joint support program that
From this extraordinary solidarity we still have other facts. This year, 2006,
Together with healthcare, education. 300,000 people are involved in that grand campaign to achieve full literacy amongst all Bolivians. There are already 73,000 graduates. The goal now is to begin to announce municipalities free of illiteracy.
What are the conditions? There isn’t any. There cannot be between brothers. That is how solidarity is understood.