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Ketabraneh commemorates Nelson Mandela Int’l Day

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TEHRAN – Ketabraneh Bookstore in partnership with UNIC Tehran commemorated Nelson Mandela International Day during a ceremony held in the Presence of Chargé d'Affaires of the South African Embassy in Tehran Ms. Soraya Jacobs, UNIC Director Maria Dotsenko and Managing Director of Allameh Tabatabee High School Mr. Soroush Mostofi at Ketabraneh book store on 22 July 2018. Addressing the participants Maria Dotsenko said for 67 years Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity — as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa.  
Group photo of the participants in Ketabraneh

TEHRAN – Ketabraneh Bookstore in partnership with UNIC Tehran commemorated Nelson Mandela International Day during a ceremony held in the Presence of Chargé d'Affaires of the South African Embassy in Tehran Ms. Soraya Jacobs, UNIC Director Maria Dotsenko and Managing Director of Allameh Tabatabee High School Mr. Soroush Mostofi at Ketabraneh book store on 22 July 2018.  

 

Participants in the Nelson Mandela International Day at Ketabraneh

Addressing the participants Maria Dotsenko said for 67 years Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity — as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa.

She said Nelson Mandela inspired the world, inspired all of us. Although he suffered terrible atrocities, “Madiba” never sank to the level of his oppressors; instead, he rose to the moment in history.

 

From left to right: Ms. Soraya Jacobs and Ms. Maria Dotsenko and one of Allameh Tabatabaee high school students

“His courageous example gave hope to people in South Africa, across the continent and beyond,” UNIC Director said adding President Mandela lived a remarkable long life and left behind an extraordinary legacy of reconciliation, political transition and social transformation. 

Dotsenko concluded by saying that the UN no longer has apartheid on its agenda but we continue to confront racial and other forms of discrimination that drive abuses and violence in all countries. 

Founders of Ketabraneh Ms. Sarvenaz Heraner and his husband Mehdi Yazdani

Afterwards Co-Founder of Ketabraneh, Sarvenaz Heraner in her speech told the audience that our world is still a beautiful place because people like Mandela has soothed the wounds of humanity and given us the courage, hope and awareness to appreciate the miracle of life and not observe it passively. 

 

Amir Hossien Hassani playing lute

“We must use our paintbrushes on the canvas of life like Mandela and Van Gogh, and paint the beauties of life before we turn it in to the next generations for them to add their own beauties to it – and it is only then that we can leave the world with a simple childish smile, like that of Mandela’s,” she added.

The ceremony ended by music performance by Mr. Amir Hossien Hassani who played lute for the participants. Then Mr. Hiva Masih recited pieces of poetry from poets Ahmad Shamlou and Langston Hughes.

 

 
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