Cuba’s Children, Among the Happiest

Elio Delgado Legon

HAVANA TIMES, April 23 — The story of children in Cuba during the revolutionary period begins with a dark chapter: “Operation Peter Pan.”

Based on one of many invented lies against the revolution, this was an operation organized and financed by the CIA and implemented with the complicity of some Catholic priests and Falangists.

They invented the lie that the revolution was going to take away the parental rights of parents and that their children were going to be sent to Russia. They then drafted and circulated a supposed law that was “signed” but allegedly had not yet been announced.

In this way they deceived many parents who sent their children to the United States. These mothers and fathers also believed in the promise that the Revolution wouldn’t last long and that the children would soon return.

As a result of this operation, 14,000 children were removed from the country without their parents, many of them never to see their families again.

I won’t dwell on the suffering and trauma caused to those children and their parents because that’s not my aim here and these details are widely known. What I want to emphasize is that everything was organized on the basis of several lies.

Other lies about Cuban children have been invented over the past 50 years.

At other times the situation has been distorted, such as when it was said that children were forced to work, when in reality what existed was a system of work-study that was part of their instruction.

This was for students in junior and senior high school. They would go to boarding schools in the countryside where they would receive everything for free (food, clothing and shoes, books and medical care).

There, they would work part-time, along with their teachers, and take classes the other half of the day. Although this rural boarding school program is almost gone, the method — although it was slandered — was not incorrect.

Such slandering was similar to another allegation that have been used for over 50 years by the US and its pawns in the war against the island:  That Cuba promotes sex tourism and child prostitution.

Nothing could be more foreign to the ethics and morality of the Cuban Revolution, which since its inception eradicated prostitution and began treating women as deserving human beings.

These media sources that defame Cuba fail to say, however, that there is no child in Cuba who doesn’t go to school or has to work to help their family to survive, like in many countries – including developed ones.

Nor do they admit that Cuba has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world and the lowest in the Americas, matched only by Canada: 4.9 per thousand live births.

Nor do they say that the blockade — maintained by the US against Cuba for over 50 years —  keeps the country from buying some medicines for children suffering from cancer, for example. To Washington, it doesn’t matter who dies because of their absurd blockade policy.

Nor do they report that the Cuban government is forced to seek these drugs in any country, wherever they are, paying tremendously high prices in order to save the lives of these children.

But I won’t give any more of my own arguments. I prefer to cite statements by Jose Juan Ortiz, the UNICEF representative in Cuba. In an interview he was quoted as saying:

“For years I had a strong desire to work here because this is a country that internationally receives more attacks against it than defenses.

“The advantage of being here is that the government’s priority for children is clear. We can discuss nuances with the authorities, but we can see very clearly what the objectives are.

“The quality of protection and the work with children in unquestionable, which have been actions taken by Cuba historically since the beginning of the revolution.

“The education and health indicators published by UNICEF each year are comparable or even better than some highly developed countries.

“At those levels, there’s nothing we have to do. Here, we don’t have to do what we do in other countries – working, for example, for the incorporation of girls in school as equals with boys. That’s something your country succeeded at many years ago,” said Ortiz.

These are not words of a member of the Cuban government, but a UN official, one very interested in the issue of children and therefore knowledgeable about the treatment of Cuban children – who are undoubtedly the happiest in the world.


13 thoughts on “Cuba’s Children, Among the Happiest

  • January 18, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Cuban Childrean among the most wonderful in a world, I think children always have to learn and stay on the right path, because if the future bright, the children also truly are….Bless you cubans..<3

  • September 24, 2012 at 8:27 am

    “Cuban children who are undoubtedly the happiest in the world.”–You’ve got to be joking??

    And as for “Nor do they admit that Cuba has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world and the lowest in the Americas, matched only by Canada: 4.9 per thousand live births.” Do a little bit of research and/or asking around you’ll know how that low rate is conjured up. I’ve pasted it below for those interested:

    “The Cuban government proudly proclaims its successful health care system, citing impressively low rates in child and maternal mortality. But the truth is that such rates are not based on a real effort to save mothers and their newborn children. Rather, they are based on the abortions performed on pre-born children diagnosed with certain types of defect which are considered life-threatening in later infant life. They are also based on the widespread use of contraceptives for those women who suffer from pathologies which otherwise might put their lives at risk should they become pregnant…..Today we read in the international press that Cuba is the Latin American country with the highest abortion rate (62% of all pregnancies). But we know that this figure is not accurate, because it is limited to D & C abortions. It does not include the thousands of suction abortions performed daily in ambulatory clinics under the fancy name of “menstrual regulation,” and which are not considered abortions……There have been even worse cases in which some doctors, on their own initiative and invoking “humanitarian” reasons for the sake of the baby, the baby’s relatives and society, have killed newborns suffering from some type of defect or disease. These doctors have created a kind of “humanitarian” infanticide, perhaps without even realizing they are doing something wrong……In Cuba, doctors work under great pressure exerted by the various health offices. They work also under the pressure of statistics. They unfortunately become so weary that they accept extreme solutions: in order to lower maternal/infant mortality, they increase the usage of contraception and abortion. Many children do not become part of the infant mortality statistics because they are killed before birth and not cared for after birth……Dr. Carlos Ciro Machado, a doctor who arrived from Cuba as an immigrant just a few months ago, related to TV Marti last July a case he himself witnessed. Dr. Machado said he saw a premature baby in a bucket and called the doctor in charge. He was told to let the baby die because it might die in spite of medical care and raise the infant mortality rate. Dr, Machado then called the head nurse and she said the same thing. Despite their opposition Dr. Machado gave the baby medical care, but the baby died anyway six hours later. Cuba is more interested in its international image than in caring for the health of its people, said Dr. Machado.”

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  • June 16, 2012 at 6:16 am

    i SIMPLY THANK EL CHE AND FIDEL FOR PUSHING FREEDOM AND HAD NOT THE EMPIRE POKED THIER NOSE IN OUR BUSINESS? PERHAPS?.Whatever is wrong with my country Outsiders settlers and others played thier part (IE miami mafia) People from all over the world summarize the Cuban issues YET most have never ever been here? How is that?

  • May 6, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Dear Kenny, you right, in Cuba girls can study; but this is not new, before castro girls could study too, education was free and universal…… so, we did not needed a bloody tyranny for 53 years to have what we already had…….. by other side, actual Cuba is the only country in the world where university graduated leave their carriers and start a life like prostitutes…… castro recognized this fact in a infamous speech 20 years ago….. he said………. “yes, we have prostitution in our country but no one can deny our prostitutes are the most illustrated ones in the world”……. this bad taste “joke” made reference to the fact that Cubans professionals have to go into prostitution to survive or guaranty the surviving of their families, so, you can have sex for money in Cuba with doctors, professors, engineers or economists!!!!!

  • May 4, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    When I declined to have sex with a tall skinny trendy looking girl in South Beach Florida for $20 she became very upset & exclaimed that if I wanted cheaper I’d have to go to North Beach. The next day, in North Beach I saw a girl tracking down the parking cop who had put a ticket on her windshield in front of a McDonalds. They went into the washroom together & they emerged with smiles & no ticket. This all happened before I had completed my breakfast & a coffee. In Las Vegas there are trucks with billboards in the back with girls’ phone numbers & pictures. These girls I am listing are completely unexploited by the Castro regime because after all, they live in the U.S.A. If they want a future i.e. a career I can’t percieve it happening without them drowning in a sea of student loans, should they even be available. Cuban kids can study to be even physicians or scientists, should they show an aptitude. I am sure their future is brighter than the american girls who can’t even sell themselves for a high enough price to pay for their independence or “modern” shelter. All I am offering here is a bit of perspective; Not playstation.

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