Dear, brave Yoani. Here are excerpts from the two latest posts from her blog, Generation Y. Both brilliant and devastating; “Revolution.com,” about Cuba’s continuing suppression of internet usage:
…the Internet will not be a crumb that falls from above, a privilege that we earn by good conduct, nor a benefit realized after applauding a great deal. Not this time. A true revolution.com takes place parallel and contrary to the rationing they want to impose on the virtual world. There are no bearded ones, no rifles, much less a leader shouting from platform. It is slow, and still focused, but it will reach nearly all Cubans. Its commanders carry strange names like Gmail, WordPress, Skype and Facebook: they do not create divisions but rather unite people.
And from “The List,” an inside look at Cuba’s “free” education:
My friend Yuslemi’s pocket hasn’t recovered from the last meeting at her son’s primary school. A portion of the meeting between the parents and the teacher was dedicated to the needs of the classroom, and in particular a discussion of the share each family needed to come up with to buy a much needed fan. The issue of cleaning occupied about twenty minutes and each parent made a note of various products such as detergent, a floor mop, and a broom, they needed to bring in the coming days. With five pesos a month for each student, they could pay a lady to clean the room once a week.
Throughout history, there have been individuals who merely by the fact of who they are and what they do, make a profound difference on the conscience of humanity. Yoani Sanchez is such a person. Blogging from behind the totalitarian wall that is Castro’s Cuba, every word she writes is a reminder of the fragility of our freedom, and of our inalienable God granted Human Rights. More importantly, Yoani’s poignant writing reminds us of our responsibility to demand and defend those rights for everyone. May God bless her, keep her safe, and show us the way to a free Cuba.