Luanda - Saturday, June 23, 2007 - 2:25:07 PM
Washington, 06/23 – Angolan ambassador to USA, Josefina Pitra Diakite, Friday in Washington, signed the book of condolence made available at the Cuban Interest Centre, for the death of Vilma Espin Guillois, wife of Raul Castro, deputy president of Cuba.
In her message of condolence, the diplomat highlighted the role played by the “heroine”, as Vilma Espin Guillois used to be called, in January 1959, after the victory of the Cuban revolution at Sierra Maestra, Santiago de Cuba, her birth region.
"A combatant for freedom, outstanding for her tenacity and modesty, Vilma Espin Guillois, who held the post of vice president of the Cuban Women Federation until the last days of her life, will always be remembered for her contribution to the struggle for the emancipation of women of that country and of the world”, Josefina Pitra Diakite wrote.
Born in the eastern part of the country, Espin fought against Fulgêncio Baptista dictatorship in the 1950’s, having been one of the last representatives of a generation of revolutionary women that marked the recent history of Cuba.