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Words around the World for Mandela

Antiapartheid activist & former South African president Nelson Mandela, often known by his tribal name of Madiba. (Photo Credit: Corbis)

With members in 23 countries around the world, Federation EIL has experienced its own outpouring of admiration for the life of Nelson Mandela, spoken in his words and in those of our members, friends and partners…

“Rest well Madiba. He gave his life for us. Let’s live his legacy now.” Rashid Toefy, former Director of EIL South Africa, and past President of Federation EIL’s Executive Board.

“A great man dies tonight, leaving behind lessons on humanity, dignity, respect, love, humility and passion for truth and equity. Nelson Mandela, may you rest in peace, and may we carry on the noble mission you initiated for the world.” Farah Cherif D’Ouezzan, Director & Founder of EIL Morocco, Thaqafat Association.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela, as shared by Director of EIL Ireland, Kevin Hickey

“Mientras la injusticia y la desigualdad persistan en el mundo, ninguno de nosotros puede descansar verdaderamente. Debemos volvernos más fuertes todavía.” (“As long as injustice and inequality persist in the world, none of us can truly rest. We must become stronger still.” ) Nelson Mandela, as shared by the Director of EIL Mexico , Cecilia Gamez

“Let us pause and give thanks for the fact that Nelson Mandela lived—a man who took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice.” —President Obama, as shared by EIL UK Director, Victoria Perry

“As I heard the news about Mandela’s passing, I also thought back to the speech that Robert F. Kennedy gave in South Africa during his visit there in 1966. Kennedy said, ‘Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.’ If we are all ripples, Nelson Mandela was a tsunami.” Donald Steinberg, President and CEO at World Learning’s (US Experiment) memorial for Nelson Mandela.

 “The world lost a true champion for peace. Thank you Nelson Mandela for your passion and love for humanity. Your legacy will never be forgotten.” United Nations

~International Office, Federation EIL

December 11, 2013 - Kelly Salasin Posted Category in: Around The World Blog,Our Members

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