Open Letter from a Cuban Doctor to a dictator

Nelva Ismarays Ortega Tamayo

Santiago de Cuba, March 4, 2019

Open Letter from a Cuban Doctor to a dictator
By: Dr. Nelva Ismarays Ortega Tamayo
Comprehensive General Medicine Specialist

 

To: General Raúl Castro Ruz, Dictator of Cuba

 

General dictator Raúl Castro Ruz,

The objective of this Open Letter is to expose, to your regime and to the world, the fundamental reasons why I have decided to renounce to my work as a doctor for the service of an inhuman system that violates the most elementary rights of the citizen, which strikes children, elderly people and pregnant women, and which uses medicine for political purposes, and doctors and nurses as slave labour.

My decision has been maturing for some time now. Too many injustices, excessive lies and justifications. Always blaming others for what is of the total responsibility of a cruel system that only cares for the human being, hypocritically, insofar the measure just necessary for man and women to submit themselves docilely to the dictates and whims of the day’s dictator.

Why do I write to you and neither to the Minister of Public Health nor to Miguel Diaz-Canel? For one simple reason: I shall face the Commander in Chief and spoke to the main living responsible for the suffering of an entire nation.

Like millions of young Cubans, I was indoctrinated and deceived, I am the daughter and granddaughter of people also indoctrinated and used by the tyranny that your brother Fidel Castro initiated.

I was an active member, unfortunately, in the ranks of the Union of Young Communists, UJC. I was pushed by your political police to, as a doctor, monitor and influence peaceful opponents who only sought for respect on human rights. Your agents demanded me I should collaborate with them and give them information about the health and everything I might also knew about UNPACU’s leader, José Daniel Ferrer.

Forcing me to approach the UNPACU and its leader was the worst mistake you made. While it is true that I had my doubts, disagreements and concerns, it is also true that, like many other professionals, I only thought about my career as a doctor and helping my humble and sacrificial family. In order to do so I was before expecting to leave for a medical “mission” abroad. That is, to leave abroad to be used as a political instrument and slave labour. But with UNPACU I learned about dignity, human rights, democracy, justice, and about the true and perverse essence of the regime that you lead.

For breaking up with the regime and joining UNPACU to share my life with its leader, a very human and courageous man who truly loves our country, the Directorate of Public Health in the Municipality of Santiago de Cuba has taken unfair measures and penalties against me. My family has been pressured by your political police so that, in turn, they would pressure me to thus return me to the “fold”.

However, the straw that broke the camel’s back came on February 11th, when dozens of agents of the Ministry of the Interior, mostly Assault Forces, broke into 8 homes of members of the UNPACU with such violence that, had it not lived I would not have believed it. They beat many people. They even beat my grandmother, a bedridden old woman, they beat when I was five months pregnant… They stole and broke everything. Even food and medicines with which we cure sick people were stolen by your agents. They also took away all my means of work. All these serious actions and others similar in later days were taken in revenge because we campaigned peacefully and legally for the “NO” to its Stalinist Constitution for the false referendum on February 24th.

For 15 days your repressive forces completely surrounded our home and did not let me go to work. The few times I was able to go out to do personal tasks, I was the victim of violence and humiliation by your aggressive uniformed agents. The siege continues today, and every night these agents throw stones at our house. I’ve lived and seen so much cruelty and nonsense…! I thought that this could only happen in regimes like Adolfo Hitler’s and Benito Mussolini’s.

I resign to continue working for the Ministry of Public Health of your tyrannical regime. They will not use me anymore in any measure, but I will never stop exercising my noble profession. I will continue attending the activists beaten, persecuted and marginalized. I will continue to care for every sick person who requests my services. I will continue to denounce the injustices of your regime against doctors and patients. I will continue to serve my people and fight for their freedom.

I am completely cured of the syndrome that has done the worst damage to our people: the “defencelessness syndrome” and I will be helping other doctors and health workers also free themselves from such a harmful pathology. Your dictatorship will fall and we, doctors, will be able to exercise our sacred profession with dignity and freedom. We will have adequate working conditions and decent wages. Nobody will use us as political instruments. The People will have health of excellence and will not have to pay it with such a submissive misery. We, the Cubans, will live in freedom and prosperity. You can be sure.

 

Dr. Nelva Ismarays Ortega Tamayo
Comprehensive General Medicine Specialist
Proffessional Registry 186670
Santiago de Cuba, March 4, 2019

3 thoughts on “Open Letter from a Cuban Doctor to a dictator

  1. Como medico y ser humano me adiero a la carta de la colega cubana. Es hora de parar la esclavitud a que son sometidos los médicos cubanos en misión en el exterior. Si, es verdad que a ellos se les paga mejor que a sus colegas en la isla, pero también es verdad que la tajada del leon se la lleva el gobierno. El gobierno se lleva más del 70% de lo que pagan los paises a Cuba por cada uno de sus médicos. Eso donde el amo es el que gana la mayoría del salario por el trabajo de su empleado se llama esclavitud.

    1. Colega,mis mas sinceras felicitaciones,una mas que se suma al batallón de profesionales cubanos que despertamos,luchamos y hemos sido amenazados y maltratados por el regimen castrista,llamemonos esclavos y no médicos,porque asi lo han demostrado ellos al mundo,que tienen a los profesionales como masa de explotación,y como fuerza bruta de trabajo,con lo que todos los Castros se estan beneficiando,que lo sabe el mundo entero,y tienen a cuba aplastada,desangrada,matando de hambre al pueblo,de miseria y neceaidad,y sin justificación,pq solo con el dinero que recogen de las misio es nuestras en el mundo entero,es suficiente para q cuba coma y viva,hasta cuando es el abuso,y el descaro,yo tambien renuncie a mi profesion,tambien fuimos mi esposo y yo persuadidos y acechados,y todas las cosas q se le pueden hacer a un ser humano desde hasta,las sufrimos,solo pq somos honestos con la humanidad y queremos compartir nuestra fe de libertad y verdadera democracia,abajo la injusticia del castrismo,abajo la dictadura,reconozcan de una vez que su mentira ya no da mas,todos gordos y llenos de dinero y nuestros niños y embarazadas,muriéndose de hambre,dejen de sacar en cara q la salud y la educación son gratuitas,que alla nada es gratuito,pq nos cobran el alma,dolorosamente me aleje de mis seres queridos,pq no me dejaron otra opcion,pq mis ideas y mis convicciones si tienen una base fuerte y real,esa es su forma de operar,provocar dolor y humillacion a todo cubano que luche por la realidad,y en contra del comunismo falso y fascista de los Castro,arremeteb en contra de nuestras familias,intervienen en nuestros trabajos,nos humillan,nos hacen ver como los malos,descarados q son hipocritas,el mundo entero sabe la verdad,el mundo deberia cerrar sus visas a todos estos personajes q defienden,como Rafael Serrano,al comunismo y se va de viaje lleno de maletas,a ese y a todos esos descarados que les nieguen la entrada a cualkier pais,que aprendan a vivir de lo q ellos les ponen todos los meses a los cubanos en las libretas,q se vistan con el dinero de su frente.
      Cuba tiene que despertar,la gente tiene q sumarse a este grupo y dejar el loa juventud tiene la solución en sus manos,tirense a las calles como nosotras,hagan huelgas,abandonen sus puestos de trabajo,ustedes son la multitud,defiendanse y luchen por la verdad y acaben con el régimen,no tengan miedo,sumense a nosotros m,el mundo dice,Despierta mi cuba,Defiendete,tienes el mal en las entrañas,matalo de una vez… peleen como nosotros,no se humillen a nadie y menos a un gobierno mentiros y falso.

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