In a rare appearance outside his home, 89-year-old former Cuban President Fidel Castro visits a school named after his late sister-in-law Vilma Espin, in Havana to mark her birthday. Espin was a revolutionary heroine who fought alongside him nearly 60 years ago. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Former Cuban President Fidel Castro made a rare appearance outside of his home on Thursday, visiting a school in Havana to mark the birthday of his sister-in-law, a revolutionary heroine who fought alongside him nearly 60 years ago. State television broadcast images of Castro sitting at a desk and conversing with students and teachers at the school, named after Vilma Espin, who died in 2007 aged 77. ""For those of us here today, we should consider it a privilege to be in this school today, because this type of school is like a type of dream. I tried to remember if I knew a place where a school like this one existed. It doesn't exist," said the leader of Cuba's 1959 revolution. Castro, whose 90th birthday is in August, handed over the presidency of Cuba in 2008 to his younger brother Raul Castro after a serious illness. He often meets foreign dignitaries at his home and writes occasional newspaper columns, but is rarely seen in public. Raul Castro is the widower of Espin, who left a comfortable life to join the brothers fighting in the Cuban mountains against a pro-U.S. regime. She became one of the most powerful women in Cuba's political leadership.