Cuban doctor resigns her profession and writes an open letter to Raúl Castro
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- 03 / 05 / 2019
Cuban doctor Nelva Ismarays Ortega Tamayo, member of the opposition organization Unión Patriótica de Cuba (UNPACU), wrote a letter addressed to Raúl Castro, whom he calls "dictator".
The specialist in Integral General Medicine in Santiago de Cuba decided to abandon her profession because she does not want to work for a system "that violates the most elementary rights of the citizen, that hits even children, old people and pregnant women, and that uses medicine for political purposes , and doctors and nurses as slave labor, "he said.
In the letter, entitled "Open Letter to a Dictator," he explains how he became aware of the manipulation of which he was a victim.
The young woman was pressured because she was one of those who promoted the NO to the Constitution.
"The drop that broke the cup fell on February 11 when dozens of agents of the Interior Ministry, mostly assault forces, stormed eight homes of members of the UNPACU with such violence that, if it had not lived, no I would have believed it, "he said.
"They beat many, they beat my grandmother, a prostrate old woman, and they beat me with five months of pregnancy, they robbed us and they broke everything, even the food and medicines, with which we cured the sick, were stolen by their agents. they deprived me of my means of work, "he added.
Nelva decided that the person to whom he had to address his complaint was Raul Castro, for being ultimately the "master".
"Why do I write to you and not to the Minister of Public Health or to Miguel Diaz-Canel?" For one simple reason: he confronts the master, he is spoken to the main person responsible for the suffering of an entire nation, "he said.
Below we reproduce in full the content of the carata published by the UNPACU.
Open Letter from a Doctor to a Dictator
By: Dra. Nelva Ismarays Ortega Tamayo
Comprehensive General Medicine Specialist
A: 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 my work as a doctor in the service of an inhuman system that violates the most elementary rights of the citizen, which strikes children , elderly people and pregnant women, and who use medicine for political purposes, and doctors and nurses as slave labor.
My decision has been maturing for some time now. Too many injustices, excessive lies and justifications. Always blaming others for what is the total responsibility of a cruel system that only cares for the human being, hypocritically, insofar as it is necessary for it to submit itself docilely to the dictates and whims of the dictator of the day.
Why do I write to you and not to the Minister of Public Health or Miguel Diaz-Canel? For one simple reason: he faces the master, he is spoken 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 their brother Fidel Castro initiated.
I militated, unfortunately, in the ranks of the Union of Young Communists, UJC. I was pressured by her political police to, as a doctor, monitor and influence peaceful opponents who only seek respect for human rights. His agents demanded that I should collaborate with them and give them information about their health and everything they knew about the UNPACU leader, José Daniel Ferrer García.
Approaching the UNPACU and its leader was the worst mistake they 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 expected to leave ¨mission¨ abroad. That is, to leave as a political instrument and slave labor. But with the UNPACU I learned about dignity, human rights, democracy, justice, and the true and perverse essence of the regime that you lead.
For breaking with the regime, for joining UNPACU and sharing my life with their 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 against me and penalties. My family has been pressured by their political police so that, in turn, they put pressure on me and thus return to the "fold".
However, the drop that broke the cup fell on 11 February 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. They beat my grandmother, a prostrate old woman, and they beat me with five months of gestation. They stole and broke everything. Even the food and medicines, with which we cure sick people, were stolen by their agents. They also stripped me of my means of work. All these serious actions and others similar in later days, in revenge because we campaigned peacefully and legally for the "NO" to its Stalinist Constitution for the false referendum on February 24.
For 15 days his 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 their aggressive agents. The siege continues today, and every night we are stoned to our home. Anyway, I've lived and seen so much cruelty and nonsense ...! I thought that this could only happen in regimes like Adolfo Hitler and Benito Mussolini.
I renounce to continue working for the Ministry of Public Health of his tyrannical regime, they will not use me anymore, in the least, 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 most damage to our people: the "defenselessness syndrome" and I will be helping other doctors and health workers to free themselves from such a harmful pathology. His 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 whole town will have Health of excellence and will not have to pay it with submission and misery. We Cubans will live in freedom and prosperity. You can be sure.
Dr. Nelva Ismarays Ortega Tamayo
Comprehensive General Medicine Specialist
Professional Registration 186670
Santiago de Cuba. March 4, 2019