Posted: Tuesday, September 1, 2020. 5:50 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: Still in recovery from his own medical malady, former Prime Minister of Belize Right Honourable Said Musa has thrown his hat in the ring for the Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade of Cuba to receive the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize.
The Nobel Peace Prize has as its primary declared purpose to award and honour “those who have done the best or most work of fraternity between nations.” It is typically awarded in October by the Norwegian Nobel Committee in honour of Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel and was first established in 1895. (Other prizes for sciences, such as economics, chemistry, and physics as well as literature are awarded by the Swedish counterpart).
Musa states, “The 165 Cuban doctors of the [Brigade] who went to Sierra Leone and other West African nations to fight a terrible outbreak in 2014 of the Ebola disease, with incredible success, are deserving of our highest praise. For decades, these Cuban doctors have been engaged in voluntary humanitarian work to save lives and heal the sick all over the world particularly in some of the most impoverished, disease-ridden countries… Today while we in Belize and the rest of the world, including, incidentally, Cuba, are facing the most serious catastrophic health and economic crisis of the past 100 years caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade of Cuban doctors has responded by coming to Belize and many other countries of the Caribbean and Latin America to render assistance, risking their lives to save lives of their brothers and sisters in the region. This Cuban medical brigade, all these dedicated doctors, are in my respectful view most deserving…”
Musa also cites the Cuban government’s support for Belize’s self-determination and independence long before it was granted in 1981 and the assistance of Cuba in providing medical care and training for our own medical professionals.
Previous Latin American laureates have come from Mexico, Guatemala, Argentina, Venezuela, Peru, Chile and Costa Rica, while two Saint Lucians, the late Arthur Lewis and the late Derek Walcott, won the prize in 1980 (for Economics) and 1992 (for Literature) respectively.
While no more than three persons may share the prize in one award, organizations such as the Red Cross (a three-time winner) and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) (a two-time winner) have previously been awarded.
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