Let us not forget Cuba. The devastation is enormous. Imagine and do not forget the suffering of the Cuban people. Witness the destruction left by Hurricane Irma in the following videos. Hurricane Irma was a Category 5 storm which laid to waste many of the islands in the Caribbean and the northern and eastern coast, as far west as Havana. The region depends, for the most part, on tourism. This is a 21st century tragedy of unbelievable magnitude.
Feel like donating to Hurricane Irma relief efforts? Take care of where you send your money. It would appear that American based companies such as Stripe and GoFundMe, Eventbrite (as well as PayPal – from my own personal experience) are confiscating money, deactivating accounts or withholding funds, according to an article on CounterPunch.
And how will Cuba recover from this disaster? Humanitarian aid to Cuba has been promised by NGOs and foreign governments in solidarity. Assistance and efforts to rebuild across the region are underway on the Island, most notably by Venezuela, which appears to be “first in.” Vietnam has also joined the list of nations (Bolivia, Canada, Ecuador, Panama and the U.S. organization Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO) to provide assistance to Cuba in its time of need. NGOs currently offering assistance include: OXFAM, UNICEF, the Cuban Red Cross and Caritas.
The Cuban Ambassador to the United States, José Ramón Cabañas, tweeted yesterday: “To keep a failed policy vs.
#Cuba is a mistake. To support the #blockade after the natural disasters suffered this week is a crime.“
Let’s not beat around the bush. Call it for what it is. This crime will be viewed and recorded in history for exactly what it is: a crime against humanity of a scale and cruelty so immense it will be on par with many of the most well known mass genocides of the 20th century. I don’t need to name them here.
So, for those about to make important decisions about a country to which they’ve never visited and know absolutely nothing about, consider that United States foreign policy should “reflect our humanity…”
Cuba Tries to Recover After Hurricane Irma hits…