Solidarity is the tenderness of the peoples

Many pages have been written about solidarity, as a value, as a principle, as a verb. However, not infrequently solidarity is confused with charity, with a vertical relationship where there is no other, but oneself who seeks and expects what corresponds to him by being supportive. In general, solidarity seems to have more photos on networks than movies of lives that they managed to change.
Talking about Cuba is already a synonym of solidarity. That is recognized by their own and others. In Uruguay, the Cuban Medical Brigade celebrates 15 years of work. After the José Martí Eye Hospital was inaugurated, that Brigade would begin to display solidarity.
It is not little nor is it so fashionable to share knowledge, rather in our time that is a substantive asset to maximize profits when they are companies and to absorb spaces of power when it comes to people and/or groups.
Let’s do a little history, to account for the above. Martí was a promoter of Nuestra America, of being able to see and feel ourselves as part of the same project. Martí himself teaches us that “Patriotism is nothing more than love” and “Homeland is humanity.” As soon as the revolution triumphed, in 1960 and faced with a complex scenario, where many doctors left the country, Cuba decided to send a first Medical Brigade to Chile.
It is in 1963 that the process of the Medical Brigades formally begins, when a group of 55 members of the Cuban Health System is sent to Algeria to carry out tasks for a year. 60 years have passed since then!
Since then we can mention Operation Miracle, where thousands and thousands of people from different countries have undergone surgery in Cuba to recover their vision. But we must also mention the Latin American School of Medicine In Uruguay, this miracle is 15 years old. I remember it perfectly because I had to be quite close, first for work and then for family.
It is no small thing that 100,000 people in Uruguay have undergone surgery. Initially with trips to Cuba where all the necessary processes for operations were carried out. Operations that in our country some medical sectors charged such high figures that the result was that the poor lost their vision. How many grandparents and grandmothers we had who could not see and could not afford the operation, leaving almost no autonomy to move. And not so long ago, just a few years ago. It was with this opportunity, with this Cuban solidarity that we were able to begin to reverse it.
Then the Eye Hospital and the operations here. I’m sure we all have a relative or friend in Uruguay who underwent surgery. That’s a lot of people for a country like ours. The look, the possibility of walking, of seeing children and grandchildren grow, that was what made possible this Brigade that still continues.
It wasn’t all wonders, I perfectly remember the attacks suffered, the screams in the sky by some medical societies for socializing knowledge and technique. How enraged they were because the way in which they commercialized the medical act was exposed, an act that should be of love and from an ethic of responsibility.
The first patients went by plane to Cuba for surgery. Until 2007 there were 32 flights that carried more than 2,000 people. Impossible not to think about these “flights of life” that Cuban solidarity allowed us. Impossible not to contrast them with the “flights of death” that promoted the condor plan and that even today we do not know much about.
The fact that we are celebrating the 15th year of this solidarity embrace is, above all, celebrating the recognition. The number of mothers and grandparents who were able to recognize their grandchildren by their eyes, recognize themselves in the mirrors, recognize the neighborhood with a new opportunity to look at it. Sharing is always sharing time and knowledge. When we do, we learn more and our lives are extended. Because there is no way to go through life other than sharing.
At the end, mention that I had to live closely, with my mother, this journey of the operation at the José Martí Eye Hospital in Montevideo. Tense moments that were walked with confidence and closeness. Because medicine can also be close, so that we understand it, to claim that it is ultimately about us.
In addition to the necessary care, before, during and after, we were able to celebrate. We celebrated with tears that now, from those eyes, I was going to be able to see and above all be seen. Because clearly recognition is not only seeing what surrounds us, but feeling seen, that makes us human. These things are possible when a people choose to put life and care over capital and property. This is the greatest desire that a society can have, to know that it is infinite because it distributes solidarity, time and knowledge to protect lives.

Solidarity is the tenderness of the peoples – Grupo R Multimedio