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Name: Frayde, Martha (1920-)
Fuller Form: Frayde Barraqué, Martha

Historical Note:

Born in Havana, Cuba in 1920, Martha Frayde Barraqué studied medicine at the University of Havana and at at McGill University in Canada. 

Frayde was active in the Cuban Revolution, founding and directing Cuba's National Hospital and its nursing school.  She had close ties to Fidel and Raul Castro and Ché Guevara.  Frayde served as Cuba's representative to UNESCO until 1965, when she returned to Cuba and became active in the dissident movement.  With Ricardo Bofill, she founded the Comité Cubano Pro Derechos Humanos (Cuban Committee for Human Rights) in 1976.

In July of that year, she was arrested as a counterrevolutionary and sentenced to 29 years in prison.  She was released almost four years later and has lived in exile in Spain since 1979.

Note Author: Maria R. Estorino

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