González (1931-2018) was a Cuban librarian who served as the National Librarian of
her native country. She was also an honorary fellow and
the Vice-President of the International Federation of Library Associations and
She studied philosophy and literature at
the University of Havana. In 1987 she became the director of José Marti
National Library, a position which she held for ten years.
Ana Betancourt (1832-1901) is
considered a national heroine in Cuba. She played an important role in the
country’s independence war against Spain.
She supported not only Cuban independence, but
female empancipation in the country, linking the cause to the abolition of slavery
and anti-colonialism. While she was living with other revolutionaries in the
forest, she was captured and exiled to Spain; even so, she continued to support
the cause from overseas. A state award has been established in her name in Cuba.
Anaïs Nin (1903-1977) was a
prolific American author of Cuban descent. Throughout her life, she wrote
numerous novels, journals, and collections of short stories, as well as
collections of erotica.
Some of her most
famous works are the collections Delta of
Venus and Little Birds, which earned
her the critics’ appreciation as one of finest female writers of erotica. Other
well-known books include Henry and June and
Incest, both based on personal
Aleida Guevara (b. 1960) is a Cuban medical doctor and
activist. She has worked as a physician in countries such as Angola, Ecuador,
and Nicaragua, mostly on medical missions.
She is an advocate for
universal health care, human rights, and debt relief for developing countries.
She helps run two homes for disabled children and two for refugee children in
“There was no way to prepare for this,” Liset Ávila, 28, whose house was flooded by the storm, told 14ymedio. “The wind was terrifying but it was the water that did the most damage. I’ve lost everything.”
Before slamming into Cuba, Irma had left a path of destruction in lush Caribbean resorts such as St. Martin, St. Barts, St. Thomas, Barbuda and Anguilla, where residents said they felt abandoned by officials.
The spokesman for France’s government, Christope Castaner, said in an interview with Europe1-CNews-Les Echos on Sunday that he “perfectly (understood) the anger” of people on the Caribbean islands.
But he defended the government response, saying emergency help was given “first priority.”
Castaner said that many islanders were suffering from “an impact of emotional shock, an impact that’s extremely hard psychologically.”