Reverence of Alba Chavez
President Kim Il Sung (1912-1994), founding father of socialist Korea, enjoyed boundless respect from a great number of people the world over. Among them was Alba Chavez, a prominent social figure of Ecuador.
As the chairwoman of the Latin-American Institute of the Juche Idea, she wrote a book, titled, President Kim Il Sung and Korea's Socialism in January 1991.
Part of it reads:
I would like to say to social scientists. The one and only way to be followed by the world's population numbering 5.4 billion today, 8.5 billion by 2025 and 10 billion by 2050 is Korean-style socialism led by President Kim Il Sung.
What she asserted in this book was based on her conviction that humankind must follow one century after another the road of Korean-style socialism which embodies the man-centred ideology of Juche with the aim of realizing the aspirations and ideals of the masses.
In May 1990 she visited the DPRK for the fourth time, together with her husband and children. While looking round several places in the country, she could see how the working masses, once subjected to maltreatment in the lowest echelons of society, were regarded as the most valuable beings. The masses of the people are masters of the world and everything in society must serve them�this was the tenet of the DPRK's ideology. Indeed, socialist Korea was a beacon of hope to humankind.
During her stay she was invited to the First Session of the Ninth Supreme People's Assembly.
At the meeting President Kim Il Sung made a policy speech, titled, Let Us Bring the Advantages of Socialism in Our Country into Full Play.
In his speech he clarified that Korea's socialism is a man-centred socialism, the embodiment of the Juche idea, and that its basic characteristic is that it is a truly people-oriented society whose genuine masters are the masses and in which everything serves them.
She was deeply moved by this speech which indicated specific ways for realizing the socialist cause.
Around that time, capitalism was reviving in several countries of Eastern Europe, and taking advantage of this tragic turn of events, the imperialists were clamouring about the end of socialism.
Many people in the world were apprehensive about the viability of socialism.
At this juncture, President Kim Il Sung shed light on the advantages of socialism and the inevitability of its triumph and the downfall of imperialism, and stressed the need to uphold the banner of socialism.
Alba Chavez's grandfather founded the Ecuadoran Socialist Party and, as a strenuous advocate of socialism, worked with devotion for its realization. Her father was a labour movement leader who applied himself to the cause of building socialism in Ecuador. Influenced by them, she came to aspire after socialism.
Despite imprisonment and miserable experience as an exile, she continued her search for the true ideal of socialism and the ways for applying it.
What impressed her most in these days was the Juche idea authored by President Kim Il Sung. Based on an in-depth study of this idea, she came to a conclusion that the President's inborn affection for human beings was the basis of his socialist theory and the social system established in the DPRK.
Later, she wrote in recollection of her meeting with the President:
He said that he carried on the revolution and construction, loving the people and enjoying love from them. As he wrote in his memoirs, the people are the teacher and doctor, and one can find philosophy and political economy among them. He emphasized that if he had neglected contact with the people just once and forgotten the existence of the people even for a moment, he would not have been able to maintain the pure and genuine love for the people. Then he reaffirmed, with a smiling face, his will to continue his journey on the train bounded for the people.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press