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To tackle&bring about solutions for the greater good,we need youth councils that are mentored by the Elders to do their part in regions around the world.No one person can accomplish anything alone.
Jefferson Lim
Brunei Darussalam
Life is precious everywhere. My prayers are with the elders and the good work they are doing.
Denice Laws
USA
I respect the culture of the Elders and I wish every Leaders in Africa and beyond will emulate the positive side of Leadership. Thanks
Olumide Idowu
Nigeria
Rest in peace tata mandela
caiphus Ndlovu
Hammanskraal
I wish for nations and organisations to be led by #Inclusive Leaders, to spread Wellbeing, Wealth & Wisdom. Ask for my article on #InclusiveLeadership
Ien GM van der Pol
Netherlands
I thank whatever Gods may be, For your unconquerable soul
Cally Stephens Nielson
Utah, USA
Siyabonga Madiba for your example, your dignity, your grace. I regret that I didn't get to meet you in person but I wish you well on your final journey home. Uxolo Madiba. Hamba Kahle.
Alycia Hutchisson
USA
Nothing can beat wisdom - and the elders represent wisdom.
Lilian Ong'ayo
England - UK
May the Good Lord grant his soul a peaceful rest! We thank Madiba for his life on earth!! I strive everyday to live by his example....do good to conquer evil. Never hate, even those who mistreat you.
A.Mensah
West Chester,PA
Political economists, critical of capitalism exposed gross injustices caused by usurious banking and intentional obfuscation of money creation. Is serious research yielding alternatives to capitalism?
Jordan S
NYC
Madiba é fonte eterna de inspiração. Nunca sucumbiu diante dos piores inimigos, e nunca se deixou dominar pelo ódio. Seu legado é o provar o poder do amor. Descanse em paz, Grande Espírito da África!
Pablo Saturnino Braga
Rio de Janeiro
Wonderful to see our wise Elders meet and act with communities in Palestine and Israel. I cannot think of another current example of the human rights abuses occuring in Palestine.
annette brownlie
australia
Please consider the world our grandchildren will share, and put aside today's political and economic pressures. Our grandchildren must live in the world we leave them. Our problems are irrelevant.
Rob Branch-Dasch
The Garden
Peace , a simply word with a great meaning! Inside this word we are friendship, collaboration, love, union, the sounds of our hearts...Try to follow this word in every moment of our life!
Nella
Italy
May God continue to bless all of you who work on this planet in the name of peace. Our hearts and prayers are with you in your endeavors always!
Carol Lee
Amish Country, USA
Madiba, you taught the world to forgive, reconcile, but most of all to love the humanity in all! May the world honour you in upholding your principles, and move towards the vision you have shown us.
Liz van der Jagt
South Africa
Gandhi said "Be the change you wish to see in the world". The Elders are leading the way. Let us follow.
Sabita Banerji
Oxford, UK
Reaching across human-made borders to our brothers & sisters in Peace. We are One.
Peace Monger
UK
Peace is truly a working effort, while war and hatred seem to come easily. Our job is to show our children that peace is worth our greatest effort.
Cynthia Gore
Franklin, TN
Pursuing peace with all men as admonished by the Holy Bible is a creed that all men should live by. People from all over the world are one regardless of race, education and economic independence.
Wanda Kenneth Oluka
Lagos, Nigeria
I don't know what to say; for I don't understand. Is it for me to understand? What I know is; there is one God. Strive for peace. Hatred, bigotry, killing, and murder are not the things of God.
David J Barnett
Phoenix, Arizona USA
Happy Mandela day!!! Can we all go out there and help somone who need help in our communities. A small act of kindness go a long way in history.
Collen Saudu
Botswana
We are one in world thought. The Elders help keep the focus and attention on what matters most.
Sean Mallon
Brooklyn, NY USA
I wish his soul rest in peace. let the world take inspiration from him to carry on in life with his guidance & principles.
minhaj
dubai
Don't give up, ever. There is more that links us together than divides us. We must all find our common humanity.
Sarah Lewis
United Kingdom
if we are all the children of G_D, then how could he love any of else greater or lesser? We are all the chosen of G_D and we are loved unconditionally and without bias. Peace is...Inevitable
michael
usa
There are two ways of getting richer. Either you need less or you get more. Only when society will be based on the first, peace and justice will prevail.
Leandro Jasiocha
Brussels
Peace takes so much more courage than war. Understanding takes so much more work than intolerance. Getting started is harder than doing something. Be brave enough to be different.
Kat
USA
Thank you, Elders, for taking a stand when governments will not & cannot. Your initiatives will restore a sense of peace to our global village. absit omen - may what is threatened not become fact.
michelle macDonell
Canada
Peace can be achieved, but only through dialogue. When we talk to each other face-to-face we realise how much we have in common. Let us talk and we will find that elusive peace.
Timothy I Mullen
United Kingdom
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