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US associations join forces to support Cuba after hurricane

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US associations join forces to support Cuba after hurricane

Washington, Oct 3 (Prensa Latina) Several Cuba solidarity organizations based in the United States are joining forces to raise funds to help Cuban families affected by Hurricane Ian, they said in a joint statement on Monday.

No Embargo Cuba (NEMO), the CubanaKoa Foundation, and the EL PAN Project called for contributions that will benefit pediatric wards in hospitals, community centers, nursing homes, and those most affected by the effects of the weather phenomenon.

The coalition, which articulates its efforts with the Council of Churches of Cuba (CIC), represents the voices of Cuban residents in the US and urges President Joe Biden to normalize the policy initiated by former President Barack Obama (2009-2017).

The information acknowledges the difficult times that Cuba recently faced following a fire at an oil supertanker base in western Matanzas province, and the havoc caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We have to unite to support the families who have suffered so much,” the associations asked, in order to collect all possible aid to help the people affected by Hurricane Ian, which caused serious damage in Cuba’s westernmost region.

The initiative joins others promoted in North America by solidarity associations such as Bridges of Love, the People’s Forum and the Canadian Network on Cuba, which also advocate the end of the economic, financial, and commercial blockade that Washington has imposed on Cuba for more than 60 years.

Another organization that recently joined the call was the People’s Forum, which in a communiqué published in last Sunday’s edition of The New York Times, called for an end to the US coercive measures and the facilitation of the purchase of supplies necessary for Cuba’s reconstruction.

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