When his nation wanted weapons to wage a relentless warfare of liberation in opposition to its colonizer, it was the Soviet Union that offered them.
When her nation wanted medical personnel to take care of the wounded within the warfare, it was within the Soviet Union that she was despatched to coach as a nurse.
When Joana Gomes, now an MP for Guinea-Bissau, heard in regards to the warfare between Russia and Ukraine, her place was clear from the beginning: she would assist Russia even when it occurred to her tongue of the fork, and she or he speaks once more “Soviet Union”.
“It’s with their weapons that we received our independence, Joana, 72, excuses herself on a wet day whereas cooking lunch at her dwelling within the capital, Bissau. With out them, even at the moment we might not have our independence.“.
When Russia invaded Ukraine in February, some voices have been clearly lacking from the overall refrain of protests, together with many in Africa. Six of the 35 nations that abstained from condemning Russia’s actions within the UN vote have been African, as was one of many 5 that voted no, Eritrea. [huit autres pays africains, dont la GuinéeBissau, n’ont pas pris part au vote].
Again to USSR
Many African nations have established shut ties with Moscow. The Soviet Union supported most of the wars of liberation in Africa by offering coaching, training and weapons to freedom fighters reminiscent of Joana Gomez. Almost sixty years later, she has not forgotten.
In 1964, when she acquired off the airplane within the USSR, the primary gesture of Joana Gomez’s patrons was to present her gloves, a hat and a thick coat. She is 14 years previous and has by no means left Guinea-Bissau, a small nation in West Africa that gained independence from Portugal in 1974 after ten years of warfare.
However his younger existence is already