In early 1965, he left the Cuban government and travelled with more than a hundred guerrillas to the Democratic Republic of Congo
The determination and will to fight against imperialism throughout the world made Che support and promote guerrilla experiences in different Latin American countries. In the Argentine north, lead by Jorge Ricardo Massetti, the People’s Guerrilla Army was created. This and other experiences did not achieve their aims, but established the basis for future liberation movements.
In early 1965, he left the Cuban government and travelled with more than a hundred guerrillas to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where Patrice Lumumba had been killed and the Liberation Army was being organized from Tanzania. After the Congolese experience, he went to Prague, where he started to plan the Bolivian guerrilla action.
“I leave a people who accepted me as a son; this rends a part of my spirit. On new battlefields I will carry with me the faith that you inculcated me, the revolutionary spirit of my people, the feeling of having fulfilled the most sacred of duties: to fight against imperialism wherever it may be (...) To victory forever. Homeland or Death! I embrace you will all my revolutionary fervor,Che’s Farewell Letter. 1965“In Congo I have learned a lesson; there are mistakes that I will never make again, I may repeat others and make new ones. I have returned with more faith than ever in the guerrilla fight, but we have failed. My responsibility is big; I will not forget the failure or its most precious lessons. What does the future hold for Congo? Of course, victory, but it is still far away”.Ernesto Guevara
“Pasajes de la guerra revolucionaria: Congo”.
(“Passages of the revolutionary war: Congo”)