Three Cuban women started a hunger strike in front of the headquarters of the United Nations (UN), in New York, to draw the attention of the international community to the “serious” situation in their country, “of misery aggravated by covid-19 “.
Activists Anisley Pérez, Niurka Primonio and Yamisderky Pelier traveled from Miami to New York and started the strike last Saturday (28), in which they only drink water, demanding that the request for help from the Cuban people be granted.
“We are here so that the world knows what is happening,” Perez told EFE, accompanied by her two friends “and sisters in the cause of Cuba’s liberation.”
The women, who have written “SOS” in red on their foreheads, hold papers that read “no more genocide”, “we demand two hospital ships to the coast of Cuba” and “if anything happens to me, keep fighting for Cuba”.
“We will be here until we are heard, sleeping on this hard ground and under the sky of the stars,” said Pérez, who, like her friends, has family members in Cuba. Although they claim to be concerned about their families, they said that at this moment “our family is Cuba”.
On July 11, hundreds of Cubans took to the streets to protest against the government of Miguel Díaz-Canel, whom they blame for the shortage of food, basic products and medicines, as well as the proliferation of exclusive payment stores in foreign currency that are inaccessible to majority of the population and the usual power cuts.
The three activists urge human rights rapporteurs to expel Cuba from the UN Human Rights Council because “for 62 years they have been violating human rights, shutting up and committing genocide.”
“Our Cubans are dying every second and the island’s hospitals are collapsing for lack of medicine,” they said, calling for the arrival of hospital ships, in addition to humanitarian intervention in their country.
Cuba is facing an outbreak of Covid-19 and is currently one of the most affected countries in the world, according to data from the Ministry of Public Health of Cuba (Minsap).
The women said that e-mails were sent to several UN delegations in order to arouse interest in the difficult situation facing the country.
“We are going to stay here until they listen to us or put us in prison, but we need something to happen because while they determine what to do, our Cuba is dying,” Pérez said.
“I hope God touches your heart and I quote something that is written in stone right here: all nations have rights and that’s what the people of Cuba are asking for,” he said.