We will continue Mandela’s struggle

With Nelson Mandela laid to rest on Sunday, CAFOD supporters pledge to keep his mission alive.


Nelson Mandela was buried in his home province of Qunu, South Africa, on Sunday.

Mandela, who died on December 5, supported the work of Make Poverty History in 2005, of which CAFOD was a founding member.

The former South African President gave a speech in Trafalgar Square urging world leaders to make trade rules fairer for poorer nations, cancel crippling debts, and give more and better aid.

Mandela’s words have gone down in history with his “Great Generation” rallying call:

Sometimes, it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.

CAFOD Middlesbrough is joining with supporters to keep Nelson Mandela’s memory alive by continuing his struggle against poverty – as we have done for over fifty years.

CAFOD fought alongside the Catholic Church in South Africa to stand up to injustices committed under the apartheid regime.  After apartheid collapsed, CAFOD worked with Church-based organisations responding to the HIV and AIDS pandemic.

His fight was ours. We helped fund the ‘New Nation’ newspaper and worked through local churches to deliver health care in the townships, churches whose priests and bishops were so often literally in the front line against the forces of oppression.

The greatest honour we can pay Nelson Mandela is to build the world he wanted to see: a world free from any form of division, whether between black or white, rich or poor, man or woman.


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