The Writers in Prison Committee of English PEN is deeply concerned about the deteriorating health of Normando Hernández González. He is among a number of Cuban writers, journalists and librarians still detained today in violation of their right to freedom of expression following mass arrests in April 2003. They are held in prisons where reports of poor conditions, ill treatment and lack of medical attention is common.
Alarm for Hernández González’s well being has increased in recent days when his wife reported to human rights activists in early December that her husband has been transferred to a provincial hospital in Camagüey after suffering further health complications. He is reported to have malabsorption syndrome, a disease of the intestine causing difficulties in absorbing nutrients which carries with it acute conditions such as malnutrition, heart disease and anaemia. As a result Hernandez has reportedly lost around 35 pounds of body weight and there are growing fears that he may die in detention.
Read Terence Blacker’s article ‘Spare a Thought for Castro’s Lonely Victims’ in the Independent
To read two poems written by Normando, please click here.
Originally posted with the url: www.englishpen.org/writersinprison/bulletins/cubajournalistandwriternormand/