Guerrillero Heroico - Che Guevara

Guerrillero Heroico
(Heroic Guerrilla fighter)
Dowana Daoud
September 28, 2009
Ernesto “Che” Guevara was born on June 14, 1928 in Rosario Argentina. During childhood and adolescence, Che excelled in his studies and enjoyed subjects such as philosophy, mathematics, engineering, political science, sociology, history and archaeology. Along with his excellent academic performance, and despite fighting crippling bouts of acute asthma, Che excelled as an athlete. Growing up in a family with leftist ideals, Ernesto (as he was then called) was introduced to a wide variety of political perspectives. The Guevara home also contained more than 3,000 books and Che became an enthusiastic reader and enjoyed the writings of such authors as Pablo Neruda, Karl Marx, William Faulkner, H.G. Wells and Robert Frost, just to name a few. In 1948, at the age of 19, Che entered the medical school at the University of Buenos Aires. During these years Guevara read Stalin and Mussolini but did not join radical student organizations. Years later, due to his wide range of academic interests and avid love for reading Che would be noted by the CIA in a declassified biographical and personality report as being “quite well read” and “fairly intellectual for a Latino”.
In 1951, Che took a year off from studies to embark on a journey covering South America with intensions to spend a few weeks volunteering at the San Pablo Leper colony in Peru. Along his route, he was astonished by the extreme and endemic poverty in remote rural areas. He was struck by the fact that poor peasantfarmers worked small plots of land owned by wealthy landlords but still he continued on his journey. Later, Guevara was impressed by the camaraderieamong the inhabitants of the Leper colony and wrote that “the highest forms of human solidarity and loyalty arise among such lonely and desperate people”. Returning to Argentina, he completed his studies and received his medical degree in June of 1953, however his...