11 Dec 2013
In 1991, Nelson Mandela traveled to Cuba to meet with then president Fidel Castro on one of his first international trips after being freed from prison. Mandela called the Cuban Revolution, "a source of inspiration to all freedom-loving people" and thanked Cuba for supporting the African National Congress at a time when it was banned in South Africa and condemned by the United States. "Who trained our people, who gave us resources, who helped so many of our soldiers, our doctors?" Mandela said to Castro. "You have not come to our country -- when are you coming?"
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Editor's Note: You might also be interested in "The Secret History of How Cuba Helped End Apartheid in South Africa" and "'One of Our Greatest Coups': The CIA & the Capture of Nelson Mandela" from Democracy Now!