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Lessons from the life of a great revolutionary

From the tribute Trevor Manuel, minister of national planning in South Africa, wrote to the late Johnny Issel, these two quotations from Almilcar Cabral stood out,

Always remember that people are not fighting for ideas. They are fighting to win material benefits, to live better and in peace, to see their lives go forward and to guarantee the future of their children.

Claim no easy victories, mask no difficulties, and tell no lies.

Johhny Issel, quoted by Manuel in the tribute, said about the struggle and the South Africa we now so liberally enjoy,

What spurred us on then, this spirit of freedom still burns within us. Finally we shall see what we’d fought for and sacrificed for.

May that spirit live long in the hearts of the Egyptians fighting for their own right to be free.

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