Because the Swedish Ambassador to Liberia, Her Excellency Ingrid Wetterqvist, ends her tour of service in Liberia, there’s the chance of directly saying due to her and recalling the essence of the Nordic Relationship as discovered within the Nordic Partnership with Liberia and different African international locations
Let me start by expressing how our individuals really feel within the Swedish language: Tussen tack. Hej da. Vi kommer att sakna dig. which implies: Thanks loads. Goodbye. We are going to miss you. Within the Battle to liberate Africa from the yoke of colonial rule, the Nordic international locations carried out effectively by way of their persistent substantive ethical and monetary contributions to the colonized Africans for the Battle. Many Africans who had been pressured into exile discovered refuge in Nordic international locations, the place they acquired related training and coaching. I recall assembly some South Africans in Sweden whereas I used to be there in exile, pressured out of Liberia by the army regime. Once I was in Sweden, one in all my books, Democracy: The Name of the Liberian Individuals, was revealed there. In actual fact, I lived close to the film home the place the late Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme acquired assassinated. It will also be recalled that the late United Nations Secretary Normal Dag Hammarskjold of Sweden acquired assassinated whereas working within the Congo Sub-region of Africa to finish the combating there. Regardless of the risks linked with the work within the curiosity of the Oppressed, the Nordic international locations persist within the pursuance of this work.
The assassinations have motivated the Nordic international locations of their continuation of liberation actions in order that the Passing Away of Nordic Stalwarts wouldn’t be in useless. These actions are discovered not solely in African international locations however in different international locations the place there are Oppressed Individuals. In Liberia, Ambassador Wetterqvist has been engaged in offering management associated to fixing essentially the most vexing drawback of dangerous governance by way of work on the land problem and the electoral system. The Land Authority is being assisted with human and monetary sources from Nordic international locations. Most just lately, Sweden donated some funds for the transformation of the electoral system. This transformation is most important for the election of individuals with good data to determine good governance in Liberia. Regardless of the flawed electoral system, the elevating of mass consciousness resulted in having almost all the Legislators who wished to be re-elected to the 52nd and 53rd Legislatures to not be re-elected.
The Nordic liberation actions weren’t practiced by the governments of different developed international locations. For instance, america of America (USA). supported the USD1.2 billion facility from the Worldwide Financial Fund (IMF) to the apartheid authorities of South Africa. I used to be energetic within the World Marketing campaign in opposition to this facility that was led by Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa. This Marketing campaign gave hope for the emergence of the post-apartheid period, as I turned Senior Advisor to the Coaching of South Africans within the Administration of the Publish-Apartheid Financial system. This Program was based mostly in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and named after the Father of former South African President Thabo Mbeki. No marvel when South Africa turned liberated from apartheid, Madiba Nelson Rohlihlahla Mandela, who was jailed by the apartheid regime for 27 years, expressed due to the Nordic international locations within the identify of the Individuals of South Africa. Overwhelmed with this actuality, former USA President Invoice Clinton remarked that there are three phrases that give the world hope for a greater future and these phrases are: President Nelson Mandela.