On Nov. 7, on the National Day of the Victims of Communism, refugees from this ideology gathered at the White House where they shared their experiences and expressed their gratitude to the United States for welcoming them.
This year’s National Day of the Victims of Communism coincides with the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
“On November 9, 1989, determined men and women put President Ronald Reagan’s powerful words into momentous action, tearing down that symbol of totalitarianism and sending a message to the entire world that democracy and the rule of law will always triumph over oppression and tyranny,” the White House wrote in a presidential message Thursday.
A White House event commemorating this day brought together people from communist regimes in several countries who found refuge in the United States and praised the administration of freedoms they now enjoy, according to The Daily Signal.
Grace Jo, now vice president of North Korean Refugees in the USA, tried to flee North Korea to China after seeing her brother starve to death and her father killed by the Pyongyang regime.
“When I witnessed that, I felt and I believed that my country is not giving us any freedom, and there is no human rights at all,” Jo explained Thursday after having a meeting with the president.
In fact, Donald Trump is the first U.S. president to openly recognize the victims of communism when he declared two years ago that Nov. 7 would be their day.
“After I came to America, I learned how we can live as a human being, and I learned—Wow!—this freedom is amazing,” Jo told reporters, adding, “We all are equal, and we are God’s creation. We deserve to be treated as human beings, and I would like to ask the United States to enforce the sanctions against the North Korean regime, because that is the only way North Korea and their regime will change their policy.”
Another refugee who shared her story was Aldona Wos, who lived in Poland when it was under communist rule before fleeing to the United States where she is now vice chairman of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.
“I want to express our ‘thank you’ to President Trump for honoring the memory of 100 million people who died and were persecuted under the communist regimes, under the failed ideology of communism,” Wos said.
“My entire family, as well as millions of other people of Poland, suffered tremendously under communism,” she added. “I am extremely grateful and blessed to be an American and live in the United States, in a country that offers us the opportunity to live in dignity, in freedom, and to fulfill our full potential.”
Sirley Avila Leon shared how, although she initially supported communism in her native Cuba, she soon became aware of the corruption and brutality of the regime and when she did so she began to be persecuted.
Leon assured that former President Barack Obama’s diplomatic opening with Havana was a mistake, according to the Washington Post.
Daniel Di Martino, a Venezuelan who arrived in the United States in 2016, explained how he had to leave his home to escape the misery in which the socialist regime plunged the country.
“So, it is very important that Americans know that socialism doesn’t work. It doesn’t work because it goes against human nature, and against our incentives to work for our own benefits, for our families benefit,” Di Martino said.
“I want to keep America a country that is free and a country where everybody is able to prosper,” he added.
Communism, which was born in Europe and applied for the first time in the Soviet Union after the Bolshevik revolution of October 1917, has failed at all possible levels in all the territories where it has been applied: North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, or China.
It is estimated that more than 100 million people died in the 20th century under communism, more than the victims of all the wars of the century combined.
“As we pause on this day of remembrance to honor victims of communism everywhere, we must resolve always to safeguard the cherished liberties that foster peace and unleash unparalleled prosperity. Together, we can build a future free from the evils of communism,” President Donald Trump’s proclamation said.