Cuban women went on a hunger strike at the UN to demand that the island’s crisis be addressed

Cuban women went on a hunger strike at the UN to demand that the island’s crisis be addressed
Cuban women went on a hunger strike at the UN to demand that the island’s crisis be addressed

The United Nations logo on a window in an empty hallway at the United Nations headquarters in New York, USA

Three Cubans started a hunger strike in front of the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York to demand the attention of the international community on the serious situation in their country of misery aggravated by covid-19.

The activists Anisley Pérez, Niurka Primonio and Yamisderky Pelier traveled from Miami to New York and since Saturday they began the strike, in which they only drink water to demand that the Cuban people’s call for help be answered.

“We are here so that the world knows what is happening”, said to Efe Pérez, accompanied by her two friends “and sisters in the cause for the liberation of Cuba.”

The women, who have painted the letters of aid “SOS” on their foreheads in red, hold papers that read “No more genocide”, “We demand two hospital ships for the coasts of Cuba” and “If something happens to me, keep fighting for Cuba.”

The activist Anisley Pérez (i) where she appears with Yamisderky Pelier (c) and Niurka Prêmo (d) during her hunger strike at the UN in New York
The activist Anisley Pérez (i) where she appears with Yamisderky Pelier (c) and Niurka Prêmo (d) during her hunger strike at the UN in New York

On their cheeks they also painted the flag of Cuba and one of them shows red tears.

“We will be here until we are heard, sleeping on this hard floor and under the sky of the stars”, said Pérez, who, like her friends, has a family in Cuba. Although they say they are worried about their relatives, they assert that at this moment “our family is Cuba.”

On July 11, hundreds of Cubans took to the streets to protest against the regime of the Caribbean nation, which they blame for the shortage of food, basic products and medicines, as well as the proliferation of exclusive payment stores in inaccessible currencies. for part of the population and the usual power outages.

The Cuban women on hunger strike are asking the human rights rapporteurs for Cuba to be expelled from the UN Human Rights Council because “they have been raping them, keeping silent and committing genocide for 62 years.”

Our Cubans are dying every second and hospitals on the island are collapsing due to lack of medicine “they said when requesting hospital ships, as well as a humanitarian intervention for their country.

Cuba is facing an outbreak of covid-19 and is one of the most affected in the world at this time, according to data from its Ministry of Public Health.

The pandemic worsens in Havana
The pandemic worsens in Havana

The women indicated that emails have been sent to various delegations at the UN with a view to making someone want to raise the difficult situation the Caribbean country is going through.

“We are going to be here until they listen to us or put us in jail, but we need something to happen because while they determine what to do, our Cuba is dying.”declared Pérez.

“I trust that God will touch your heart and I quote something that is written in stone right here: all nations have rights, and that is what the people of Cuba are asking for,” he said.

(With information from EFE)

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