“I have been at Inter Pares for 25 of those years – it doesn’t feel that long. I have had the privilege of working with some of the most extraordinary people in the world…. with anti-poverty workers, with women’s rights and human rights activists, with people in the anti-apartheid movement, in anti-dictatorship struggles in Bangladesh, Indonesia, the Philippines and in Burma. All of these people had the idea that democracy, human rights and social justice were values that were worth devoting their lives to – and in some cases risking their lives for.
“What is remarkable is that they didn’t back down, even in the face of danger. Rather they organized; they developed farmers’ cooperatives, women’s organizations, underground media, health and education programs for the displaced, and services for the survivors of torture and violence. For me it has been an honour to accompany some of these struggles, although I am still haunted by the loss of friends and colleagues along the way.”