Canadian author Stephen Kimber highlighted in Cuba the courage shown by the five Cuban anti-terrorists who until one year ago, were unjustly imprisoned in the U.S.
During the presentation of the Spainish version of his book “What Lies Across The Water; The Real Story Of The Cuban 5” during the recent February 11-21, XXV International Cuban Book Fair, Kimber lauded the qualities that defined the men during their almost two decade long detention on North American soil.
In the presence of Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González, Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino and René González – collectively known as the Cuban Five --the Canadian author said, “what inspired me to tell this story was the ethical principles and sense of courage, honor and valor that the men exhibited throughout their sentences”.
In the book’s prologue Rene Gonzalez, who was behind bars in the U.S. from 1998 to 2011, writes, ”humanity is a new species that faces extinction, but for that to happen the truth must first disappear so that they can convince us to kill one another.”
Fondly known in Cuba simply as Rene, he also shared his view that Kimber never allowed his religious or political differences with the Five affect the integrity of his intention to discover and expose the truth without pandering to anyone‘s agenda.
Antonio Guerrero thanked Kimber, presently the Intern Director of King’s University of Canada’s School of Journalism “for his courage as a man and audacity as a journalist for revealing everything that happened since that fateful day of our arrests on September 12, 1998”.
To applause, Guererro finished by saying ”that was the date, when we were faced in a matter of seconds with who we were within the context of the entire history of our people, from our heroes to our most humble, and we decided to take the right path”.
Kimber’s book – winner of the prestigious Evelyn Richardson prize for putting into print the truth about the five Cuban anti-terrorists, the last of whom were eventually released on December 17, 2014 – was first launched back in 2013 and has since been in circulation in many countries.Share on FB Share on TT