Tutu launches London foundation

3 July 2007 at 10:00 am | Posted in Africa, Desmond Tutu, News, Nobel Peace Prize, Poverty, Reconciliation, Sydney Peace Prize | Leave a comment

Archbishop Desmond Tutu launched the Tutu Foundation UK last Friday in London. (See earlier post about the Tutu Foundation.) The Foundation aims to bring the experience of truth and reconciliation to the inner city communities of Britain.

To mark the launch of the Foundation, the Nobel Laureate and 1999 Sydney Peace Prize recipient spoke at an exclusive Reuters Newsmaker event.

At the event, Tutu urged more tolerance and understanding of religions. Speaking at the event, the former Archbishop of Cape Town called on the journalists to be “passionate about letting people judge for themselves, that you would be careful about some of the language that you do actually use”. He said the media could be a force for good but that it had responsibilities.

South African Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu warned that the gap between rich and poor in South Africa was widening, in an interview published Friday.

Separately, Tutu also spoke to the Financial Times in London, criticising the slow pace of wealth distribution in South Africa, saying “most (people) are languishing in the wilderness”.

He said: “I’m really very surprised by the remarkable patience of people,” Tutu said, adding that most of the people living in shacks under white rule, were still doing so today.

Read Reuters’ biography of Tutu here.

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