Monday, June 18, 2007

Vilma Espin, 1930-2007

Vilma Espin, “heroine of the underground and distinguished combatant in the rebel army,” died this afternoon, Prensa Latina reports. The official communiqué details her activities in the 26th of July Movement, as a member of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party and as head of the Federation of Cuban Women, a communist mass organization.

The communiqué does not mention that she was Raul Castro’s wife of 48 years. R.I.P.

[Cuban news agency photo]

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