Tutu Stresses Awareness On Anniversary of Terrorist AttacksJACKSON, Tenn.
The events of Sept. 11 should inspire people to pay more attention to oppression and suffering around the world, the daughter of South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu said.
Naomi Tutu delivered that message to students at Lane College’s annual fall convocation service last month, a day that also marked the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
“Our very lives, our very freedoms, our very dignity is tied to the lives, the freedom and the dignity of all people around the world,” Tutu said.
Tutu encouraged the students to ask tough questions, especially about the shifting alliances among nations, The Jackson Sun newspaper reported. She said she fears the same mistakes made in fighting communism are being repeated in the fight against terrorism.
She said the U.S. government supported the former government of South Africa because of its stance against communism — even though South African leaders supported apartheid. Compare that, she said, to the current conflict and the United States’ support of Pakistan, even though its president is stifling democracy. “Because he says he’s fighting terrorism, he is our friend,” she said.
Tutu, 44, is founder and chairwoman of the Tutu Foundation, which helps South African refugees in other African countries to return to their homeland and play active roles in the country’s future.
Her father was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985 for his role in the struggle to bring a nonviolent end to apartheid.
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