Townhall.com has reported that the UN’s Human Rights Council held a “moment of silence” for gross human rights abuser, Fidel Castro. There were some who walked out of the meeting and others who refused to stand when Venezuelan ambassador, Jorge Valero called for a moment of silence to honor the dead Cuban dictator.
Back in March, President Obama spoke about how America can “hopefully” learn about improving human rights from Cuba.
Many Cuban Americans who experienced Castro’s form of “human rights” first-hand beg to differ with President Obama’s assertion that the US can learn from Cuba about human rights, and would more than likely be part of the contingent of folks walking out of the UN’s Human Rights Council “moment of silence” for the dead dictator.
One such Cuban American is Jaime Jorge.
Jorge immigrated with his family from Cuba in 1980. He was 10 years old. Jorge says that entering Miami from Cuba was “like going from black and white to technicolor.” Jaime Jorge now is a world renown Christian violinist, who even at the age of 8 years old was wowing people with his musical ability. His mother cultivated his talent by paying for instructors with money she earned by endless sleepless nights spent making paper flowers which she would then sell on the streets of Cuba during the day.
When Jaime was 8 years old, the Cuban government offered him the opportunity to study at the Moscow Conservatory of Music, but only if he denounced his belief and love for Jesus Christ. At eight years old, young Jaime refused to do so. Two years later, Jaime’s family, including his mother, younger sister and Christian pastor father, were taken from their home and sent to wait for their passage to America. They were told it would be a few days, which turned into months; the only belongings they had with them were things they could carry in their arms.
Arriving in the US, the family eventually landed in Milwaukee and so began Jaime’s journey – from Cuban refugee to playing the violin at Carnegie Hall and for heads of state. He now travels the word sharing his music and the love of Christ with others.
The following is Jaime Jorge’s “take” on the meaning of Castro’s death to Cubans, and what living under the dictator of a communist regime was really like:
Since the announcement that Cuban dictator Fidel Castro died Saturday morning, I’ve received numerous messages from people all over the world asking me for my opinion on what’s happened and what this might mean for the people of Cuba. I’d like to share with you my thoughts. Please take a couple of minutes to read:
Soon after the announcement was made (that Castro was dead), hundreds, if not thousands, of people took to the streets of Miami to celebrate. Immediately, perplexed people around the world began to complain that Cubans in exile were cheering the death of a human being. Others, used their pens, dictation devices, Siri and other means to praise someone who had purportedly done so much for his people.
For those who aren’t Cubans, lived in Cuba under Castro, I ask: what do you really know about Castro and the plight of the millions of Cubans who suffered under him (and his brother) for 55 years? The people that took to the streets ARE the people who experienced a brutal tyrant who, for decades enslaved his people, brutally silenced his detractors, ignored human rights, and eliminated anyone that got in his way.
For those who extol the nonexistent accomplishments by Castro, such as free healthcare and education, low mortality rates and illiteracy, let me tell you: healthcare is free in Cuba, BUT medicines are impossible to find, x-ray and exam machines don’t work, there’s no anesthesia for small surgical procedures, and hospitals look like trash dumps. Education was more like Communist indoctrination. If you weren’t a communist, you couldn’t go to college or get ahead. There are few textbooks, and fewer pens, pencils, and notebooks. In essence, though healthcare and education is “free”, there is little to no real access.
Whether a doctor or a street sweeper, people made $10-$15 a month. That’s the “equality” and reality of Socialism/Communism- nothing for everyone, everything for the ruling class.
The supposed low mortality rate and illiteracy come from under reporting and falsifying the real numbers. People of color in Cuba were discriminated against, homosexuals have no rights and were sometimes arrested and sent to the Island of Pines, along with anyone with AIDS. These were the people, along with others, that were used as guinea pigs for medical experiments, and they were never heard from again. Christian pastors and members were arrested, jailed, tortured and killed for their faith.
I could go on and on and on, but hopefully you get the real picture. How many Australians, Canadians, American, Brits, etc. do you know that are so desperate to leave their oppressive governments that they’re willing to risk their lives by getting on a makeshift raft and traversing 90 miles of shark-infested waters just at the chance of touching land in another country in order to obtain freedom?
Make no mistake, Fidel Castro was a MONSTER that destroyed the lives of millions of people. And no matter how many free immunizations he offered, how many soldiers he sent to Africa to support communist regimes, and doctors he sent to Brazil, Venezuela and other countries (in exchange for the state receiving the salaries of these doctors while they lived on $100 a month), etc., and how some think that he did good things, Fidel was one of the greatest tyrants of the 20th century. The world is a better place because he’s gone, and the only good thing about Fidel is that he wasn’t from a much larger country like China, Russia, Brazil, or continent like Africa our Europe where he would have affected the lives of tens of millions of more people.
Now that he’s dead, he will NEVER be able to hurt anyone else. There’s a special floor in hell warming up in anticipation of Fidel’s arrival.
This is truth and reality. Jaime Jorge, Facebook post Nov. 29, 2016
To learn more about Jaime Jorge and his ministry please check out his website at www.JaimeJorge.com or on his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/jaimejorgefans/.