The earth is a lesser place: Nelson Mandela

Our Executive Director, Alvaro Bermejo, describes Nelson Mandela who died on Thursday as an emblem of dignity and forebearance.

“Many will be feeling sad and lonely today, recovering from the news of Mandela’s exit. He will remain for ever as our true global hero, an emblem of dignity and forbearance and a source of inspiration.

Our thoughts turn in particular to our African colleagues, to those colleagues attending the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa in Cape Town right now, to Rhulani Lehloka, Executive Director and her team at our Linking Organisation in South Africa, AIDS consortium, and to our Cape Town based secretariat colleagues. To all, our heart goes out to you.”

Alvaro Bermejo, Executive Director, International HIV/AIDS Alliance