Che Guevara: a quick biography

Che Guevara was born into an Argentine middle-class family in 1928. His childhood disease, asthma, inspired him to attend medical school. Guevara traveled to Latin America after graduating from college and during his stay in the poor country, he saw people going through untold poverty and misery. Moved by what he saw, Guevara was even more convinced that he should study medicine. At his teenage age, he had already learned and imbibed the socialist view of his friends and family and had begun playing roles in governmental opposition.

He met Fidel Castro in Mexico after graduating from his study and the conversation set the pace for the rest of Guevara’s life. Castro convinced him that the only hope for the Latin America is a revolution. Guevara believed that revolution is the only thing that can liberate people from injustice and misery and therefore abandoned medicine to purchase this cause. He was a key player in Castro’s guerilla war against the erstwhile Cuban dictator.

Guevara served as Cuban minister of industry during Castro’s regime. He also served as Castro’s chief lieutenant and of course, he was Castro’s close confidant. He functioned as the ambassador for Cuba in the early 1960s. This position offered him the leverage to travel to countries like the Soviet Union to establish international relations with Cuba. However, Guevara believed that revolution should also be brought to other Latin American countries as well as African countries. To achieve his burning desire, he left Cuban in 1965 in order to usher in a revolution in other countries.

Through CIA and Bolivia national army’s efforts, Guevara and his guerilla teams were hunted down in La Higuera and executed on October 9, 1967, for involving in an insurgency in Bolivia. However, his legacy lives on. He is often seen as one of the top socialist revolutionaries but he is even remembered much more in Cuba. Cubans hold him in high esteem. He represents an example of a great hero and a force of revolution to Cubans.

However, his ruthlessness in executing prisoners without trials in Cuba is also remembered and of course, his death brought about a lot of mixed feelings.