Ex-Cuba students plan social gathering

26 June 2019 | Local News

Namibians who studied in Cuba during the liberation struggle will hold a social gathering at Grootfontein on 13 July.

The gathering is aimed at generating funds to assist vulnerable Namibians and maintaining good relationships and friendships amongst the former students.

Most of them are survivors of the Cassinga massacre in southern Angola on 4 May 1978.

According to one of the event organisers, Lieutenant-Colonel Sam Samuel, after the Cassinga attack Cuba was one of the countries that offered scholarship to the survivors.

The event is expected to take place at the Grootfontein show hall and former president Sam Nujoma is expected to deliver a keynote address.

“The Cuban government offered Cassinga survivors scholarships following the attack in 1978. Later that same year, the Hendrick Witbooi Senior Secondary School was opened in Cuba and also the Hosea Kutako Junior Secondary School in 1982. From then, every year Namibians were continually sent to Cuba to study at these two schools at Island of Youth,” said Samuel.

“As former Namibian students in Cuba, we want to maintain the good relationships and friendships amongst ourselves and we are therefore inviting all peace-loving Namibians to join us and celebrate together. During the gathering we will discuss issues affecting us as a group and Namibian society in general.”

Samuel added they have initiated a social responsibility programme that will assist vulnerable people within the country with contributions.

He said the event will rotate within the country and last year the group raised N$41 000 towards the Etunda clinic and primary school project near Otavi.

ILENI NANDJATO

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