Four members of the British Parliament have endorsed a proposal to award the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize to a contingent of Cuban doctors who specialise in disaster situations and serious epidemics. The four members of the House of Commons are Paula Barker, Ian Byrne, Dan Carden and Kim Johnson. They have highlighted the humanitarian aid provided by Cuba and the Henry Reeve International Contingent of Doctors.
On the official site of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign in the United Kingdom, there is an online petition which reads as follows: “ To the Nobel Peace Prize Committee: As the world faces a global health crisis, thousands of Cuban doctors, nurses and technicians have responded to overseas requests for help by volunteering as part of the island’s Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade. From Jamaica to Italy and Angola to Azerbaijan, more than 3,700 Cuban medics have supported health workers in 39 countries in their fight against COVID-19.
“We were shipwrecked and you succour us without asking us our name or origin. After months of mourning, anguish and doubts, now we see the light.” These were the moving words of Stefania Bonaldi, mayor of Crema, as she said farewell to the Cuban medics who helped treat coronavirus in Lombardy, one of the worst-affected provinces in Italy.
For their selfless work providing humanitarianism and hope to people across the globe, we are asking you to award them the Nobel Peace Prize in 2021.
The key principles of the brigade are health, peace, humanitarianism and solidarity, and since its formation in 2005, Cuban health workers have provided relief in emergencies regardless of politics or borders, treating almost four million people in 45 countries. Most notable recent examples include the doctors who worked in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia during the Ebola outbreak in 2014.
In the last fifteen years, 13,500 members of the Henry Reeve International Brigade have saved 93,000 lives during natural disasters and health emergencies. We believe that their inspirational internationalism deserves recognition.