Cuban teacher of Informatics Carlos Alberto Moreno Leyva is one of the 1,422 internationalists originally from the municipality of Calixto Garcia, Holguin province, who accomplished an internationalist mission in a sister nation, this time in the People's Republic of Angola, where the combatants' constitution to victory in Africa came true thru the heroic "Operacion Carlota."
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Today, 40 years later, Moreno Leyva is a teacher at the Urbano Armando Valle senior high school in Buenaventura, the head town of the municipality of Calixto Garcia.
- When did get to Africa?
I was very young; I was then 18 when the Cuban Army called me for the mission. We got trained in Matanzas (province), and arrived in Angola in March 29, 1986.
- Where in Angola?
I was stationed in several places prone to war danger indeed; I close my eyes today and I see things crystal clear as if I were living them now. I keep memories of places like Malachi, Mosende, Vie and Cuito Cuanavale - the latter one famous for the heroic battle that eased the way to Angola's independence and the defeat of the Apartheid.
- How do you praise the internationalist mission in Angola?
I'm not lying if I tell you that seeing death so close to me in the battle field and fighting injustice made me feel much more patriot, much more a human being, supportive and revolutionary. And if I've got to go and defend again any other country, I won't hesitate. / By Pablo Aleaga Tamayo – Radio Juvenil / Translated by Radio Angulo.