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Fidel Castro: Africa Leaders Praise A Fallen Comrade

South Africans and Nigerians are adopting the traditional frenzy of US Black Friday.

After news of Fidel Castro's death was announced late Friday, many African leaders reacted with words of condolence, praise and solidarity with the controversial leader.

One of the first reactions came from South African President Jacob Zuma, who thanked the Cuban leader for his help and support in the struggle to end apartheid.

"President Castro identified with our struggle against apartheid. He inspired the Cuban people to join us in our own struggle against apartheid," Zuma said in a statement.

Former South African President Nelson Mandela read books written by Castro and fellow revolutionary Che Guevara while imprisoned on Robben Island. In a speech soon after his release in 1990, Mandela said "We have come here today recognizing our great debt to the Cuban people. What other country has such a history of selfless behavior as Cuba has shown for the people of Africa?

Many South African social media users have been sharing this photo of the two men taken in 1991.

 

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was also full of praise for Castro.

"Castro’s place in history is assured, given his sustained successful commitment and towering role in the liberation and anti-colonialism struggles in Africa," he said in a statement.

Battleground Africa

In the 1970s, Castro was convinced that the "world revolution" was happening in Africa and that Cuba needed to become the first Latin American nation to go to war outside its own continent.

The two main countries Castro supported with troops were Angola and Ethiopia. The two countries soon became symbols of the Cold War, where Washington and Moscow battled for ideological supremacy.

Cuba sent troops to help Angola in their war for independence from Portugal in the mid 1970s and assisted the Ethiopian army with troops to fight against the invading Somali army in the late 1970s.

 

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was also full of praise for Castro.

"Castro’s place in history is assured, given his sustained successful commitment and towering role in the liberation and anti-colonialism struggles in Africa," he said in a statement.

Battleground Africa

In the 1970s, Castro was convinced that the "world revolution" was happening in Africa and that Cuba needed to become the first Latin American nation to go to war outside its own continent.

The two main countries Castro supported with troops were Angola and Ethiopia. The two countries soon became symbols of the Cold War, where Washington and Moscow battled for ideological supremacy.

Cuba sent troops to help Angola in their war for independence from Portugal in the mid 1970s and assisted the Ethiopian army with troops to fight against the invading Somali army in the late 1970s.

 

Source: www.dw.com/en/fidel-castro-africa-leaders-praise-a-fallen-comrade/a-36538110

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He was hated in the west, but loved in Africa
Reply    Favorite    Flag as Abusive    Posted at: 11/28/2016 7:12:03 AM
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One mans enemy is another mans friend
Reply    Favorite    Flag as Abusive    Posted at: 11/28/2016 3:40:50 PM
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Its weird hes respected by many but was also a dirty politican, and play boy
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Different praises and views from allover the world
Reply    Favorite    Flag as Abusive    Posted at: 11/29/2016 2:11:49 PM
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