Desde Dentro de Cuba.

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13 de Marzo del 2000

AN INDEPENDENT FREEDOM WRITER'S THOUGHTS ABOUT THE MONTH OF MARCH. By Magdelivia Hidalgo, Cuba Free Press.

Las Tunas.- The month of March has inspired me as an independent journalist to think about this beginning of spring, an ideal time for lovers, poets and writers.

Without aspiring to possess the magic of a poet or the mastery of an experienced writer, I nevertheless have more than enough love for humankind to express my feelings.

This is the month when we celebrate Women's Day. As a woman, proud to be Cuban, I'd like to send greetings to all my sisters wherever they may be. I'd like to ask the women of the world for their solidarity with the Cuban women who are in anguish because of despotism and who need sisterly love, the kind of love that only a woman can give.

Because of our sex, the women in Cuba carry a great burden. We have to be "muy" (very) much "woman" so as to face the day-to-day dilemmas, such as where to find the food to cook and clothes for our children and how to take care of the husband, mother, father, siblings or any other relative who may be ill and need extra support due to the poor health system in our country.

That system leaves us, the lower class, without medicine. We have to take on this huge burden with a smile on our faces and an amiable attitude so as to help those around us keep their sanity. We have to try to keep our families from losing their minds because of the oppressive lack of freedom, the fear and the absence of safety guarantees which have produced an anti-love society and a hate culture that seeks revenge, war and death.

This overwhelming reality where one has to learn to survive with nothing and find the means to make do every day so one's family does not perish leaves little time to think and much less to write.

The list is endless of the Cuban women of today who have shown more shame than fear and who confront the system as dissidents, journalists, and wives, sisters and mothers of political prisoners and critics of the system. I have no doubt that they and I will remain firm in our stand against the oppression.

Magdelivia Hidalgo, Cuba Free Press.


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