celebrate and remember

“I don’t believe in charity. I believe in solidarity. Charity is so vertical. It goes from the top to the bottom. Solidarity is horizontal. It respects the other person. I have a lot to learn from other people.”

-Eduardo Hughes Galeano (Uruguay/Wales)

Last night the Wales Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign held a celebration to mark it’s 25th anniversary of campaigining for and alongside the people of Nicaragua.

The event was addressed by Carwyn Jones AM First Minister of Wales; two good friends of Nicaragua, AMs Leanne Wood (Plaid Cymru) and Julie Morgan (Labour Party); Campaign members David McKnight and Ben Gregory; with Spanish Civil War and Nicaraguan songs from Cor Cochion Caerdydd, who have given unfailing support to Nicaragua for a quarter of a century. The celebration also heard from the Nicaraguan Chargee d’Affairs, Guisell Morales-Echaverry, making her first visit to the National Assembly. The celebration was chaired by Vaughan Gething AM, and was organised by members of the Campaign, and Vaughan’s staff and Assembly staff.

“Work as if you live in the early years of a better nation.”

– Alasdair Gray

24 hours after the celebrations the Campaign learned of the death of Sandra Thomas in the early hours of Thursday morning. Sandra was a stalwart of many political organisations, and was a founder member of the Merthyr Nicaragua Support Group and the Welsh Campaign. More than this she was warm, generous and funny, the best representative of what campaigning should be about. Our thoughts go out to Gwyn, her husband, and Beth, her daughter. Sandra Thomas.¡Presente!

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