US official release computers for Cuba
Campaign News | Tuesday, 15 July 2008
Responding to constant pressure from communities all across the US, US officials returned to the members of the 19th US-Cuba Pastors for Peace caravan 32 computers that had been seized on 3 July.
A report by the organization says caravanistas hand-carried the computers across the International Bridge from Hidalgo, Texas into Reynosa, Mexico, to make sure that they would be on their way to Cuba.
The computers will be sent from Reynosa on to Cuba, which means that every item of the nearly 100 tons of humanitarian aid collected by the caravan from all across the US will in fact be donated to Cuba.
"We appreciate that the computers were released today. But our work could not be complete until we knew for sure that the computers would be on their way to their intended home," said Rev. Lucius Walker, Jr., executive director of IFCO/Pastors for Peace. "In fact, even now, our work is not complete ? not until this mean-spirited, foolish, petty, counterproductive, immoral blockade against our Cuban sisters and brothers is ended."
The 19th US-Cuba Friendshipment Caravan returned to the US on Monday after challenging the US blockade on travel to Cuba and delivering nearly 100 tons of humanitarian aid to that island nation.
When they crossed through Mexico and reached the US border at Hidalgo, TX today, the members of the caravan were processed through US Immigration and Customs.
The caravan program in Cuba included visits to different provinces, homes for the elderly, and health care sites. Caravanistas also visited the Latin American School of Medicine, where young people from 30 nations of the Americas and Africa are studying medicine on full scholarship in order to serve as physicians in their home countries. More than 100 of the students in this program are from medically under-
served communities in the US.
Pastors for Peace is a project of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO), which has been working for 40 years in support of social justice.