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The situation of Cuban doctor and dissident, Hilda Molina: "My case is frozen"
By Mariana Verón


Christmas 2004 found Hilda Molina among the main national headlines. She was struggling against the clock seeking to spend Christmas with her family in Argentina. The name that resounded in the ears of national diplomacy was Hilda Molina, the Cuban dissident doctor whom Fidel has prohibited from leaving Cuba to meet her two grandsons, Roberto and Juan Pablo Quiñones.

A year after that situation, which provoked a bilateral crisis and the resignation of the chief of the cabinet at the time, Eduardo Valdés, and of the ex-ambassador in Cuba Raúl Taleb, Molina finds her situation to be “frozen.” At least, that is how she feels, as she spoke with LANACION.com via telephone from her modest home on the island.

Night was falling in Havana, when she was surprised be a telephone call. It had been a while since she revisited her illusion to be reunited with her family, whom she has not seen in 12 years. Hilda was critical of the current Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana, and remembered with nostalgia the role played by his antecessor and now national senator, Rafael Bielsa: "He acted with complete sensibility," she said.

She praised, however, the attitude of Darío Alessandro, current ambassador to Argentina in Cuba. She says he has visited her assiduously and has promised that her case will be a priority in Kirschner’s government.

Molina mentioned that her mother, now 86 years old, is “sicker every day,” and says this Christmas was sadder than last year; and she spoke with great emotion about her grandchildren, who are 9 and 10 years old, who she has never seen face to face.

- How did you spend these celebrations?
- This year my family is sadder than last year. At least before we had a glimmer of hope… there was much activity concerning this issue, but this year it seems things were frozen.

- Did you have any contact with Argentine authorities?

- The ambassador Alessandro has visited frequently this year. I think very highly of him; he has been concerned about this issue throughout the year and tells me that the Argentine government maintains its commitment to the visit of my mother and me. But, I am worried about Foreign Minister Bielsa’s departure. He was a very sensitive person who took this issue into his own hands. I get the impression that the current chancellor ( Jorge Taiana) lacks the same focus. Additionally, when he was a member of the Interamerican Commission for Human Rights, my son petitioned him, and he never responded. I am very worried.

- What is the cause of this stagnation?

-With the Cuban authorities one always finds a wall. I am here as a hostage of Fidel and because of his own whim not to let me leave Cuba for no apparent reason, because I am not working for them anymore, and I refuse to work for them again, neither will I put myself at the service of a regime that I consider is committing crimes against its own people.

On midnight of December 24th she found herself reading, and her mother had gone to bed early alter speaking with her family in Argentina. "This is a country where we live in Good Friday since 1959,” stated Molina. That year, Castro’s revolution took Cuba and he claimed power. “We will see when the Sunday of Resurrection arrives and we can celebrate Christmas one day,” added Molina without losing hope.

- What would you say to Fidel Castro if one day you were face to face with him?

- (Sighs) Why don’t you retire already? Why don’t you retire with your 79 years, retire and take a break and allow this country to open to a democracy; but not with your representatives and servants who aim at perpetuating their power like him. They should all retire and allow this country to have a process of free elections and to breathe once again. I would not ask this for me, but for my country.


- And what would you tell people who support Castro?

- That is immoral. This country is like a grand prostitute. Everyone comes here to see what they can take. Inept and corrupt governments of the World prefer to come and acquire slave labor from Cuba rather than to develop good healthcare systems. They rent out doctors, teachers; others come to make easy deals with a broke country; foreign investors come to enslave workers. The worst damage this country has received, apart from this regime, is the people who support it and all the governments that support it.

- How do you imagine your grandchildren who you only know through photos?

- I have always seen them statically, never in movement. The oldest one already has the voice of a man, and is entering adolescence. There are moments I never enjoyed: I couldn’t carry them as babies, I don’t know what they smell like, not even what their skin looks like. It is terrible to think that seconds pass, and every second that passes there is a moment that cannot be repeated.

Mariana Verón

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