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A letter from Poets and Writers Worldwide to Nelson Mandela honoring his struggle for human rights and freedom

Friday 6 December 2013


Poets and writers Worldwide wish to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela as one of the greatest champions for human rights in the history of humanity . Mr. Mandela dedicated his life to organizing millions of people to create justice out of South African Apartheid. His road was to educate himself in an era of ultimate prejudice and recognize that justice could and should be done, no matter how great the obstacles. He faced unending physical violence, arrests, sham trials, imprisonment in disease-ridden prisons, and encouraged and inspired world leaders and ordinary citizens to bring truth and justice to the South African people.

Mr. Mandela is a supreme inspiration for those in the world who face accusations of treason and criminality because they expose the truth and work to set people free. He tirelessly confronted biased legal systems, media, and the ruling class, and defeated them by inspiring the hearts and minds of millions around the world. We express our greatest respect and honor to him, promise to reflect his inspiring message in our work, and pass it down from generation to generation.

Signatures with names, positions and countries

• Robert Maier, author, educator, filmmaker (USA)
• Kamran Mir Hazar, poet, journalist and webmaster (Norway/ Hazaristan)
• Gertrude Fester, educator, writer and poet (South Africa/Rwanda)
• Emdee David,- Writer, Producer and Director- Africa Entertainment Network (Nigeria)
• Fernando Rendon, poet, director of International Poetry Festival of Medellin, Alternative Nobel Prize 2006 (Colombia)
• Canéla A. Jaramillo, Ph.D. Publisher, editor, and author (USA)
• Santiago B. Villafania, poet (Philippines)
• Basir Ahang, human rights activist, poet and journalist (Italy)
• Gabriel Rosenstock, poet, translator (Éire/ Ireland)
• Arabella Salaverry -writer, poet and actress (Costa Rica)
• Kjell H. Mære, author (Norway)
• Hemant Divate, poet, editor, publisher and translator (Mumbai/ India)
• Jacobo Rauskin, poet (Paraguay)
• Jüri Talvet, poet, (Estonia)
• William Pérez Vega, poeta y educador (Puerto Rico)
• Luz Helena Cordero Villamizar, poet (Colombia)
• Michael Augustin, poet and broadcaster (Germany)
• Bengt Berg, poet (Sweden)
• Ulrich Schreiber, director of the International Literature Festival Berlin (Germany)
• Aju Mukhopadhyay, Poet, essayist, feature and fiction writer (India)
• Ioana Trica, poet and translator (Rumania)
• Siki Dlanga, writer and poet (South Africa)
• Maruja Vieira, poet and member of colombian and spanish academies (Colombia)
• Angelina Llongueras, poet, Barcelona (nowadays a member of the Revolutionary Poets Brigade in San Francisco, US)
• Eugene Skeef FRSA, poet; educator; composer (South Africa/UK)
• K. Satchidanandan, ooet (India)
• Werewere-Liking Gnepo, poet (Cameroon)
• Gilma de los Ríos, journalist and poet (Colombia)
• Fahredin Shehu, poet, author, painter- Prishtina (Kosovo)
• Jack Hirschman is a poet, translator and painted, member of the League of Revolutionaries for a New America (LRNA), the Revolutionary Poets Brigade (RPB) and the World Poetry Movement (WPM) ( USA)
• Agneta Falk, poet (Sweden)
• Tamer öncül Poet (Cyprus)
• Tânia Tomé, Singer, poet and economist (Mozambique)
• Janak Sapkota, poet (Nepal)
• Noria Adel, visual artist, photographer and poet (Algeria)
• Thór Stefánsson, Poet (Iceland)
• Gemino H. Abad, poet (Philippines)
• Zelma White; educator, preacher; poet (Montserrat BWI)
• Dileep Jhaveri, poet and playwright (India)
• Erkut Tokman, poet, actor and translator (Turkey)
• K. Ramesh, Educator, Poet, (India)
• Vicente Rodríguez Nietzsche, poet (Puerto Rico)
• Thomas Rain Crowe, poet & publisher of New Native Press, Tuckasegee, North Carolina (USA)
• Jared Angira, poet (Kenya)
• Yiorgos Chouliaras, poet & essayist (Greece)
• Merlie M. Alunan, poet, essayist, teacher of literature (Philippines)
• Mbizo Chirasha.International Perfomances Poet,Writer,Literary/Creative Projects Specialist ( Zimbabwe)
• Stefaan van den Bremt, poet and honorary chairman of PEN FLANDERS (Flanders, Belgium)
• Louis Esterhuizen, poet (South Africa)
• Bina Sarkar Ellias, poet, editor, designer, publisher, (India)
• Akwasi Aidoo, poet (USA)
• Yolanda Pantin, poet (Venezuela)
• Nana Nestoros, poet (Greece)
• Vyacheslav Kupriyanov, poet (Russia)
• Irena Matijašević, Poet (Croatia)
• Howard A. Fergus, University Professor, writer and poet (Montserrat , West Indies)
• Chiqui Vicioso Sánchez, poet (Dominican Republic)
• Navkirat Sodhi, poet (India)
• Howard Fergus, poet (Montserrat, West Indies)
• Dorothy Payne, poet, artist, international educator (USA)
• Jan Erik Vold, poet (Norway)
• Nguyen Quang Thieu, poet (Vietnam)
• Mĩcere Gĩthae Mũgo, Poet and Playwright (Kenya)
• Mark Lipman, poet and activist (USA)
• Andrea Garbin, poet (Italy)
• Simón Zavala Guzmán, poet, essayist and jurist (Ecuador)
• Lucy Cristina Chau, poet (Panama)
• Mona Bentzen, visual artist, video art curator and documentary filmmaker (Norway)
• Ershad Mazumder poet (Bangladesh)
• Laura Hernández Muñoz, poet, writer, essayist and President of the Association of Children´s Literature of Mexico. (México)
• Althea Romeo-Mark, poet (Antigua)
• Reza Baraheni, poet, novelist and literary critic (Iran)
• Raphael Urweider, writer and musician (Switzerland)
• Hanan Awwad, poet (Palestina)
• Demosthenes Davvetas poet, artist & professor of Philosophy of Art (France / Greece)

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To sign this letter please contact Kamran Mir Hazar or Gertrude Fester at emails: kamran(at)kamranmirhazar.com and gertrude.fester(at)ie.ac.rw.


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15 Signatures
Date Name Message
17 July 2013 sarwar I believe You have taken a right step to honour one of the greatest men of world history. Please add my name to the list of signatories of the text.
10 July 2013 Reza Baraheni.\ I believe You have taken a right step to honour one of the greatest men of world history. Please add my name to the list of signatories of the text. Sincerely, Reza Baraheni (Iranian poet, novelist and literary critic)
10 July 2013 Raphael Urweider
10 July 2013 DR.Hanan Awwad Dear friend poets,greetings to you all from Palestine. As a palestinian poet and writers who is committed as many of the palestinian writers to the resistence against all form of occupation and oppression,view Mandella the hero and the example.His stance towords Palestine,towards his people and his unreseved defence of human dignity maked his golden pages in the history.I recall our great leader Yasser Arafat he was a very stromg friend. I pray to him from my holy city -Jerusalem.when the bells ring and the pray statrts with ALLH AKBAR,wishing him recover and saftey. Dr.Hanan Awwad President of Pen Palestine Jerusalem-Palestine Mobile(972)546906149 Mobile(972)598288111.
9 July 2013 Mona Bentzen site web
9 July 2013 Ershad Mazumder site web Yes, I do hereby sign this letter.I share the opinion of my fellow comrades. Ershad Mazumder Poet, Bangladesh
2 July 2013 Jared Angira, Poet (Kenya)
1 July 2013 Karen Tazi As a teacher, I will do my best to teach my students about the life of this wonderful man, so that his legacy lives on. Kids need to be taught about social justice from an early age in order to understand how every individual can make changes to make the world a fairer place for all.
1 July 2013 Thomas Rain Crowe site web Thomas Rain Crowe, poet & publisher of New Native Press, Tuckasegee, North Carolina USA.
1 July 2013 Dileep Jhaveri Nelson Mandela symbolizes not only a movement for human honour and rights, he is celebration of existence whether joyful or sad. His love for life and people puts him beyond the level of a politician and makes him a poet.
1 July 2013 Thór Stefánsson
30 June 2013 Kjell H. Maere
30 June 2013 Luz Helena Cordero Me uno a este reconocimiento humano y poético a Nelson Mandela, Madiba. Un río de poesía hasta su última morada.
30 June 2013 Eugene Skeef FRSA site web a flower for the people (for nelson mandela) a child walking by sees a flower growing steadfast through iron bars she asks why is that flower there because it is a symbol of undying love the power to grow beyond the enclosure and reach the sun to ignite a fire in the hearts of one and all eugene skeef 280613 (poet; educator; composer - South Africa/UK)
30 June 2013 William Pérez Vega Deseo unirme a la carta para honrar la lucha de Nelson Mandela en favor de los derechos humanos y la libertad.