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Desmond Tutu, symbol of reconciliation in South Africa, has disappeared

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The South African archbishop Desmond Tutu, who was one of the symbols of the resistance against apartheid and later became the promoter of reconciliation, died. This was announced by the presidency of South Africa.
Tutu, 90, Anglican archbishop, won the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize as a symbol of the nonviolent struggle against the racist regime. But after the end of apartheid, after Nelson Mandela was elected president of the new South Africa, Tutu conceived and chaired the Commission for Truth and Reconciliation (TRC), created in 1995, which in a painful and dramatic process of pacification between the two sides of South African society exposed the truth about the atrocities committed during the decades of repression by whites.

Forgiveness was granted to those who, among those responsible for those atrocities committed, had fully confessed: a form of moral reparation also towards the families of the victims. In announcing the death of Reverend Tutu, President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed, “on behalf of all South Africans, profound sadness for the death, which took place Sunday, of an essential figure in the country’s history”.

Tutu was the first black Anglican archbishop of Cape Town and has always fought to defend the oppressed and those who had no rights. There are several of his political initiatives aimed at breaking down the differences between whites and blacks in the country that led him to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984. His writings Crying in the wilderness (1982) and Hope and suffering (1983), No future without forgiveness (1999) and God has a dream: a vision of hope for our time (2004). The phrase Rainbow Nation would have been coined by him to describe his country.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa, reports Nbc news, said that “The disappearance of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is another chapter in the mourning in our nation’s farewell to a generation of exceptional South Africans who bequeathed us a liberated South Africa”.

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