Source: La Santa Mambisa
March 19 2020
The cruise ship MS Braemar, with 5 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and a thousand people on board, docked shortly before dawn on Wednesday in the Port of Mariel, 40 kilometers from Havana. The airport evacuation corridor towards the runway of the “José Martí” international terminal, from where four UK planes transported the evacuees, marched with the precision of a clockwork mechanism.
While the world is holding its breath and it is impossible to predict the consequences of the pandemic, Cuba made headlines yesterday due to the transfer of the more than a thousand Braemar passengers and crew who, since March 8, have been confined to a ghost ship in the Caribbean. .
The odyssey began when the cruise ship of the British company Fed Olsen arrived in Cartagena, where an American diagnosed shortly after with coronavirus descended. From that moment on, five Caribbean ports denied entry to the ship and the families of the cruise passengers went to the media to express fear for the fate of their loved ones and the possibility that they would be forced to travel the long way back to Europe. , exposed to massive contagion and perhaps death on an industrial scale before the ship could reach Britain.
The alarmism and the morbid media that is lived these days with the new coronavirus, turned the passengers and crew into a kind of plagued. Anthea Guthrie , a Braemar passenger and retired gardener, showed on her Facebook page a video of the moment the cruise ship was supplied 25 miles from one of the ports where it was unable to dock. A ship towed a second rudimentary barge, without a motor or crew, to bring sacks of rice and banana clusters to the Braemar, which members of the British crew boarded in the middle of the night, as fugitives on a pirate expedition.
Cuba thanked for their solidarity
The testimony of that moment was shared by Anthea after the good news was known that Cuba would receive them. She also published another video in which the passengers, relaxed on deck, thanked the island for solidarity and raised glasses to the health of Cubans. Like a veteran in the networks, she has not only been reporting from the ship, but also included the hashtag #DunkirkSpirit (Dunkirk Spirit), which refers to the evacuation of 330,000 allied soldiers – mostly British – from the French coasts in May 1940, at the start of World War II, when Adolf Hitler seemed invincible.
“For us, Dunkirk is not just talking about heroism, but about humanity. It means that there are departures in the worst of circumstances and, this time, we will have to thank Cuba, “said Anthea, relieved after the news that the cruise ship would dock on the island.
The decision by Havana to allow entry to MS Braemar, after the request of the governments of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, did not surprise Cubans, who have a long tradition of medical and humanitarian collaboration. Since the beginning of the 1960s, thousands of health workers have collaborated with almost every poor country in this world. More than 35,000 medical students from 138 countries have prepared for free on the island. After the devastating earthquakes in Pakistan (2005) and Haiti (2010), or during the Ebola crisis in West Africa, in 2014, Cuban doctors were the first to reach the territories marked by devastation.
The great paradox
The Cuban collaboration of health and its indisputable scientific results, particularly in the field of biotechnology, have provoked poisonous anger in the privileged ones of all time and sympathy and warmth in those who have never been ignored. But “the truth of Cuba”, a saving table for many during the Covid-19 pandemic, has tipped the scales towards expressions of affection directed at the “army of white coats”. The Latin American governments that under pressure from Washington expelled the doctors, today live the double ordeal of the coronavirus and the claim of their peoples for such an act of arrogance and stupidity. A row of countries calls for the island’s medical and pharmaceutical collaboration, which have demonstrated their effectiveness in treating the sick.
The great paradox is that, while the ships with oil and food contracted by Cuba are harassed by the United States, the ships with the sick that nobody wants in their ports receive solidarity and respect in Cuba. Trump’s regime, incidentally, refused to receive Braemar, according to article published on Wednesday the newspaper The Independent .
The two most repeated words since yesterday on Twitter are “Cuba saves.” No chance.