Zoé Valdés has received a very important letter from Cuba that we should all read. A 4 year old girl, Yirisleidis, has been separated from her only parent, her father Carlos Alvarez Guerra, when he was arrested for putting up a sign at his home protesting the Castro dictatorship.
The father has been in prison for four months now, while the little girl has been taken to an orphanage in Matanzas. The Feminist Movement for Civil Rights “Rosa Parks” has taken up her cause, and presented her case to UNICEF.
Below is a translation of her letter to Zoé and her letter to UNICEF as it appears on Zoé’s blog :
My dear friend Zoe:
The reason I am writing you is that I was very moved when I found out, and I am writing to ask you for your help. There is a little girl in Cuba that is only 4 years old that has been violently separated from her father by the Cuban government and sent to an orphanage. A letter has been written to UNICEF presenting the case to them, but there has been no response. Please, if it is possible, write something about this case on your blog so the world can see that Cuba is not a paradise for children, like comrade Juan José Bru Ortiz, the representative from UNICEF in Cuba assures everyone.
Below is the text of the letter that was sent to the UNICEF department in Cuba:
To: General Director of UNICEF
The signatories below are contacting you in the hope that you will intercede before the Cuban government in regards to the situation of a little girl of 4 years, Yirisleidis Alvares Pérez. Yidi was abandoned by her mother only days after her birth, and her father, Caros Alvarez Guerra, assumed the care and protection of this little girl from that moment.
Yirisleidis has grown up counting as her only family her father, who has devoted himself to provide all the necessary things for her to live and be educated. During this girl’s four years, she has developed a total dependency on her progenitor.
Recently, Carlos Alvarez Guerra was arbitrarily imprisoned and little Yirisleidis was taken to an orphanage in Matanzas; the Cuban government, without considering the consequences of this abrupt separation of a girl from her father, did this solely to exact revenge against Carlos. They do not care about this little Cuban girl that is now suffering in an orphanage because of the separation from her loving father.
We would like to point out that Yirisleidis’ father has now been in prison for 4 months for refusing to take down an anti-government sign at his home; an act that in any democratic country would be respected, but that in Cuba is considered a crime.
Sir, we come to you because we are convinced of your organization’s dedication to infants and children. Saving little Yili from psychological trauma is a responsibility that all of us who love children have. Returning her to her father is our goal, and we are convinced that you will do everything possible to do that.
Members of the Feminist Movement for Civil Rights “Rosa Parks” (MFDC-RP)
Yris Tamara Pérez Aguilera, president of MFDC-RP
Marta Días Rondón, vice president of MFDC-RP
Damara Meya Portieles, delegate of MFDC-RP (Villa Clara)
Ydania Yanes Contreras, adviser of MFDC-RP
Donaida Pérez Paseire, spokesperson for MFDC-RP
Sara Marta Fonseca Quevedo, delegate of MFDC-RP (Havana)