Daughter of Che Guevara visits Hiroshima

by Junichiro Kanai, Staff Writer

Aleida Guevara, 47, daughter of revolutionary leader Che Guevara (1928-1967), visited Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on May 15, 2008 during her first trip to Japan. Che Guevara visited the same spot in Hiroshima 49 years ago.

Ms. Guevara is a pediatrician and has been involved in medical support activities internationally. Inside Peace Memorial Museum, she looked closely at photographs of A-bomb victims and burnt articles of children’s clothing and shed tears as she listened to an explanation offered by Museum Director Koichiro Maeda. She then laid a flower wreath at the Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims.

Ms. Guevara also visited Hiroshima City Hall to meet Mayor Akiba and said, “In Hiroshima, I touched a great tragedy that was perpetrated by man as well as the power of human beings in rising above this tragedy. I hope this message from Hiroshima can be widely conveyed in order to create a better world.”

In the evening, Ms. Guevara spoke at Peace Memorial Museum on Cuba’s international humanitarian support and, on May 16, she discussed “Hiroshima and Che Guevara” at Hiroshima City University. Through May 22, she will deliver talks at other locations in Japan, including Tokyo, Osaka, and Okinawa.