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The fearless Haydée and Melba

Melba y Haydee

Melba Hernández Rodríguez and Haydée Santamaría Cuadrado participated in the July 26 assaults on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Garrisons, for which they were imprisoned. The writer and journalist Raúl Valdés Vivó used to call them the “fearless flowers”, evoking the long nights the two heroines suffered in the basement of the Moncada Garrison, listening to the screams of the tortured, the bursts of gunfire signalling the cold-blooded murder of their compañeros, surrounded by death.