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THE LIFE OF MADIBA IS A LESSON FOR US THAT ARE EXPECTING TO TAKE OVER THE LEADERSHIP OF OUR VARIOUS NATIONS ALWAYS TO FORGIVE AND LOVE EVEN YOUR WORST POLITICAL RI VAL
Obadiah Chikezie
NIGERIA
I was honoured to participate in the lunch yesterday and inspired by the message of hope and encouragement you bring. May G-d bless you and all of us with success in the mission of peace-making.
Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann
Jerusalem
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
I'm so grateful for The Elders. You bring together the wisdom of some of the greatest leaders and thinkers of our time to guide people towards peace and temperance.
Jenifer Vogt
Boca Raton, Florida, USA
I am writing to appreciate your work across the globe. I am a big fan from India and also a follower on twitter. Please accept my compliments and do share your thoughts/plans (if any) around India.
Kavita Adhikari
Bangalore, India
Peace is like love: it can't be taken, it has to be given - and I am the one who has to make the first step. May your visit give people in the Holy Land the courage to give peace to one another.
Johan van den Berg
The Netherlands
All my hopes are with the young people of Gaza. That they will find the courage and inspiration to keep believing in their future as the world doesn't make it easy for them.
Wendy Oorthuis
The Netherlands
It is time we put aside our differences and reached out to our brothers and sisters in every Nation across the World and worked together for lasting peace.
david holmes
gloucestershire, england
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
We are all members of one large diverse family called Humanity, and by putting your brother's needs before your own you will assure justice and peace in the middle east.
Angela Gelston
UK
The greatest teachers in history who have created positive social change have all had one thing in common: the Golden Rule. Give peace a chance. Thank you for your work!
Mary Alberti
USA
We are one humanity upon this planet and sharing in unconditional love and peace unites us all.
Harold W Becker
USA
We obtained peace in Northern Ireland through dialogue. I pray that one day a lasting and sustainable solution can be obtained in the Middle East through similar, peaceful dialogue.
Peggy Sheridan
Belfast
love peace hope and compassion ..all hope for your mission and power to you .. thankyou for you efforts , please keep trying ..
katherine johnston
united kingdom
Madiba, we could never forget you. By your selfless example you have shown us what we can do if we work together for good. So great was the grace you had; you'll be sorely missed!
Femi Balogun
Kent, England
Real peace comes from living harmoniously with one another. The 'reality on the ground' won't go away so isn't it time to work towards a single state solution?
Mike Lake
Derby, England
Long live the inspiration of Madiba. You will be sorely missed, but your impact on life on Earth survives forever.
Deanna Taylor
Utah, United States
Why is not there a scientist among The Elders? Someone like Stephen Hawking or Jaque Fresco. Scientists are idealists who could provide important opinions on global issues
Guillermo Borbolla
Mexico
Grief can interrupt the abiity to build peaceful relationships. It can even obstruct the ability to see that possibility. Healing grief, then, is an integral part of the peacemaking process.
Janie Cook
USA
Young children should grow in with dreams and hopes, not hate and fear. Your efforts can only create a sense of urgency for this next generation. Bring the mothers together to create a healthy dialog
Fran Ricardo
USA
'Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless', said Mother Teresa. May your and my words be like that, so peace, love and respect will be embraced by all hearts!
Alie Vos
Borger, the Netherlands
It is insufficient simply to support 'peace'. We need to set out the choice: either two states (partition) or a single democratic state. There is no third way.
Roger Higginson
London, UK
In the midst of so much confusion and pain, we must learn to love each other and only then will our pain cease to be of any importance. We've so much work to do; the time is now! Thank you Elders!
Garth
Fl., USA
what human is a human who does not make the world better ?
Almuntaser albalawi
Amman . jordan
I would like to commend Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu for stating his viewpoint which in fact is a viewpoint that has been long ignored by the international community.
Arafath
Malaysia
I met with a number of Israeli and Palestinian peace groups back in 2005 and since then I have shared their work with thousands of Americans who are largely unaware of peace organizations there.
Joe Parko
Tennessee, USA
To Tutu -- the dislocation of Mandela's presence is in our memories not in his body, yet I still understand the honor you cherish him with. This is my mother, part of half the sky raisers.
Jason Hoobler
USA
Here in Virginia, I send my prayers of Love and Peace to ALL people in the Middle East and want you to know that you are not alone in your journey of Hope and Healing.
Roxie Hoven
Norfolk, Virginia, USA
The most impressive man of my generation has passed away. He taught us what responsible leadership means. We owe it to him that we will try to follow his example.
Martti Ahtisaari
Finland
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
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