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A letter from Poets and Writers Worldwide to Nelson Mandela

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

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

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)

•           Gertrude Fester, educator, writer and poet (South Africa/Rwanda)

•           Emdee David,- Writer, Producer and Director- Africa Entertainment Network (Nigeria)

•           Fernando Rendon, poet, (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, (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 painter ( 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 (USA)

•           Jared Angira, poet (Kenya)

•           Yiorgos Chouliaras, poet & essayist (Greece)

•           Merlie M. Alunan, poet, essayist, teacher of literature (Philippines)

•           Mbizo Chirasha. Perfomances Poet,Writer,Literary/Creative Projects Specialist  ( Zimbabwe)


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