Moa, the easternmost municipality of the Cuban province of Holguin, is much more than nickel and red soil. Its people, with that humane quality of them, make more than a visitor feel tempted to come back, as so did several times Fidel Castro Ruz.
Moa, a nowhere land, forgotten and ran by economic interests of a high class, lacked so many things 1959, to a point it was kind of an oasis.
After the triumph of the Cuban Revolution the first of January 1959 Moa people started to see new horizons.
On the 27 of August 1966, after a three day stay in Baracoa and Guantanamo, Fidel visited Moa for the first time.
Fidel’s tour around there took him meet with the neighbours of many rural settlements, where he was embraced by the affection and admiration of the highland population of Moa.
At the nickel factory of Moa he amply learnt of production, and talked Moa people at Pedro Soto Alba par, where he stressed on the need of developing the place.
Right then he said: “We will turn Moa into a leading community of socialist workers,” what today is true in all the social and economic areas.
In 1973, after the creation of a new political division: the Region Minera (Mining Region), Fidel explained about the development plans in the aftermath of the signing of agreements with the Soviet Union, in December, the previous year.
A decade later the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution visited again Moa to learn about the socio-economic development of the region. He gave some advice on the creation of a social infrastructure that would lead to the fast completion of the industrial works under construction then.
Fidel went back to Moa a year later, but then accompanied by a Soviet government delegation – head by minister Nikolai Rizhkov, who had attended in Cuba the 39 session of the Mutual Economic Assistance Council.
He then visited the then under construction Nickel Mechanical Complex, inaugurated there.
In October 15, 1986 the Comandante en Jefe went to Moa again and shared with leader of the Central Government, of the province of Holguin and the municipality of Moa, where he gave directions on the start of the nickel factory named after Ernesto Che Guevara.
According to studies by reporter and historian Maria Julia Guerra, that was the last time Fidel visited Moa.
Today, no-one dare to deny the legacy Fidel had planted on that land of very red soil. Moa keeps developing the nickel industry, keeps looking for all the details to make the plants and production go on. Workers there keep following his ideas aimed at developing a territory that has become the pride of Holguin province and a stronghold for Cuban economy. / By Leonardo Pupo Pupo - ACN /