Tag: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu
Four prominent South Africans have lent their support to the UNHCR's I Belong Campaign to end statelessness within a decade. Without a state, a person has no identity, and is denied access to basic human rights – even a death certificate – and is more vulnerable to human trafficking and persecution.
Rwandans living in Johannesburg relived the genocide in their country 20 years ago. They told their stories of horror; but the over-riding emotions at the end of the day were those of reconciliation, hope, healing and forgiveness.
Instead of taking the route of vengeance and punishment, Rwanda has chosen admission, reconciliation and forgiveness. This way, it has missed a "justice of ashes". But to build a stable and prosperous country has required draconian legislation and curtailed personal freedom.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has been honoured with the Fifa Presidential Award for his role in uniting the nation ahead of the 2010 World Cup and embodying the spirit of the Beautiful Game.
An international group of scientists have decoded the entire genome of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and an indigenous Namibian, and partially decoded three others, in the hope that it will pave the way for personalised medicine in developing nations.
• Tracing the origins of humankind
Home to two Nobel Peace prize winners, vibrant restaurants with sumptuous food, a TV station, museum and spa, Vilakazi Street in Soweto is a must for any visitor to South Africa.