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Amilcar Cabral once said, "I remember that when I was in Cuba, Fidel told me that Cuba is also Afrika," he told a group of Cuban Comrades in August 1966. "I don’t believe there is life after death, but if there is, we can be sure that the souls of our forefathers who were taken away to America to be slaves are rejoicing today to see their children reunited and working together to help us be independent and free." Thirty years later, other PAIGC leaders echoed his words. "We greatly admired the struggle of our Cuban brothers. The Cubans were very significant because we knew that they, more than anyone else, were the champions of internationalism," one recalled. "Cuba made no demands, it gave us unconditional aid," said another.
It was the Soviet bloc whose help was decisive. It provided arms, educational opportunities, and other material and political support. The Soviet Union was, by far, the major source of weapons. Cuba, too, gave material help, in the form of supplies, military training in Cuba, and scholarships. This was a considerable and generous effort. But Cuba did much more, and its role was unique. Only Cubans fought in Guinea Bissau alongside the guerrilla fighters of the PAIGC…
Luis Cabral (Amilcar’s brother) later stated: "We were able to fight and triumph because other countries and people helped us… with weapons, with medicine, with supplies… But there is one nation that in addition to material, political, and diplomatic support, even sent its children to fight by our side, to shed their blood in our land alongside that of the best children of our country. This great people, this heroic people, we all know that is the heroic people of Cuba; the Cuba of Fidel Castro; the Cuba of the Sierra Maestra, the Cuba of Moncada… Cuba sent its best sons here to help us in the technical aspects of our war, to help us wage this great struggle against Portuguese colonialism." #PanAfricanism #AfricanUnification #Organization #Mobilization #SelfDetermination #SelfReliance #BlackLove #CommonCurrency #FidelCastro #vivafidel #vivacuba #amilcarcabral #LuisCabral #cabralista #PAIGC #FreedomFighter #Revolutiona