Terrorist attacks in Paris - Memorial ceremony
On Friday 13th November, 2015, 130 people lost their lives and hundreds were seriously injured during terrorist attacks in Paris.
To pay tribute to the victims and their families, the Embassy of France to Botswana and Special Representative to SADC organized on Friday, November 20, memorial ceremony at the National Museum of Gaborone.
This event was well attended with numerous representatives of the French and the Diplomatic Communities as well as from various Botswana organizations and a representative of the SADC Executive Secretary, Dr StergomenaTax. Among the high-ranking officials was the Vice-President of Botswana, Mr. Mogkweetsi Masisi who expressed his grief and support and signed the condolences book. The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mrs Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, the Right Reverend Metlha Beleme, Bishop of the Anglican Church of Botswana, Father Mkhwanazi representing Mgr Seane for the Catholic Church of Botswana and Mr Rahim Khan for the Botswana Muslim Association gave some remarks after the introduction speech by the Ambassador, HE Mrs Anne de La Blache.
The French Embassy would like to extend its warm thanks to all those who expressed their condolences on this tragic occasion, to those who attended this moving ceremony and to all these Friends of France and of Liberty, who sometimes anonymously, sent testimonies of compassion and support.
«There is no happiness without freedom nor freedom without courage». (Pericles)
Please find below the words of the Vice President of Botswana, Mr Mokgweetsi Masisi, in memory of the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris :