Today I Write Only An Excuse / Luis Felipe Rojas

I received very strong testimonies via telephone by Ramon Rodriguez and his son Rolando about the situation Nestor Rodriguez Lobaina — on hunger strike — is facing in the convict unit of the provincial hospital of Guantanamo.

Hours later, news of the death of my grandmother, Maria, left me incapable of putting together a coherent and precise post like you all deserve. My cherished Maria is now resting in peace and I know that God will receive her as it should be.

But with Nestor, I don’t know what will happen tomorrow. I don’t want to believe that another Cuban man of mixed race — and an eternal defender of human rights in Cuba — is already taking the first steps down the path which Orlando Zapata Tamayo also went through.

Translated by Raul G.

6 March 2011