HAVANA (AP) - President Fidel Castro announced in a live television broadcast Friday that he had just issued a second offer to the United States to send 1,100 Cuban doctors to help care for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
"These personnel have international experience and the language skills necessary to attend to patients," Castro said on state television. He said the first 100 doctors have been equipped with backpacks filled with medicine and first aid supplies and are ready to travel as soon as Friday night to Texas, where many of the hurricane victims have been evacuated.
"We are offering life, to save 10, 100, 1,000," said Castro.
The Cuban leader said his government was hoping for a rapid response, "hopefully immediately so as not to lose another minute."
Castro said a diplomatic note containing the offer was sent late Friday afternoon to the U.S. Interests Section, the American mission here, and was the second such offer of its kind made this week.
Originally posted by worldwatcher
I don't care what people think about Cuba or Castro or Venezuela and Chavez, but these people have more Christian spirit than so called ministers. I know we'll most likely not accept Castro's offer, but the American public needs to be aware that whether it is is a symbolic gesture or not, it was made by countries that considered to be threats to us by our current administration. Keep in mind, Venezuela also offered aid and Iran sent condolences, quite an interesting world we live in. I hope we can learn multiple lessons from the aftermath of Katrina.