'The world is a better place because of you' - letter to Tutu

2016-09-05 17:32
Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. (Dennis Farrell, AP)

Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. (Dennis Farrell, AP)

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Cape Town - A Palestinian film director has sent a touching letter to Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, praying for his recovery, and thanking him for supporting the Free Palestine movement.

Tutu has been recovering in a Cape Town hospital from an unspecified infection since August 26. The 84-year-old admitted himself to hospital, daughter Thandeka had said.

Emad Burnat, an Oscar-nominated filmmaker from Palestine, is in South Africa attending a UN media seminar in Pretoria, and took the chance to write to the Arch.

“I am just an ordinary Palestinian who once had the humble privilege of meeting you,” he wrote.

“I clearly recall the day you visited our small village of Bil'in in Palestine.

“I am finally in your beautiful country!”

'Inspired mothers, fathers and kids'

The 5 Broken Cameras director praised Tutu for embracing "frailty" more graciously than most, and said he and his village were praying for his recovery.

“You have done so much for our cause and struggle, given hope to so many of our mothers, fathers and children and you have inspired generations of our younger activists.

“Palestine and we Palestinians will be free and your contribution toward our freedom will go down in history books.”

Burnat said he was touched by South Africa's vibrant diversity and democracy which, with all its problems, was Palestine's beacon of hope.

“I am deeply inspired and motivated by the various activists, solidarity organisations and the work of the BDS [boycott, divestment, and sanctions] movement in this country.

“While you were with us you explained how you recognised Israel's system of oppression as being similar to the Apartheid regime.

“The world is a better place because of you.”

Read more on:    desmond tutu  |  cape town  |  middle east peace

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