David Comissiong awarded Medal of Friendship in Havana
Barbadian attorney and activist, David Comissiong, was recently awarded the Medal of Friendship by the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the People (ICAP).
He received the award for ICAP President, Kenya Serrano, as its Vice President Fernando González highlighted Comissiong’s support for Cuba over the years.
He referred to the Barbadian’s efforts to strengthen ties between the people of Barbados and Cuba, with projects in the educational and cultural sectors, among others.
Comissiong is a founding member of the Cuba-Barbados Friendship Association and is the current Coordinator of the Caribbean Chapter of the International Network of Intellectuals, Artists and Activists In Defence of Humanity.
In accepting the award, Comissiong highlighted the impact that Cuba has had on him, fondly recalling the occasions on which he met the late Cuban President Fidel Castro.
Comissiong noted the deep connection between Barbados and Cuba, saying that many important things that have been done in his country in its 50 years of Independence are due to the relationship with Cuba, adding, "We love Cuba and for us to express solidarity means not only doing something for Cuba but also for ourselves."
He concluded: “In this world full of negativity and decadence, Cuba stands as a beacon of hope, noble values, humanity and human feelings, so it has a huge responsibility in this world, but we also know that the Cuban people are strong, of great spirit and if we work and fight together we will get that better world that is possible.”