Stichting Josephat Torner Foundation Europe

In Memoriam

It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform you of the passing of our Josephat. The evening of the 12th of april, at around 7pm Tanzania time, he was hit by a vehicle while crossing a busy street in Mwanza. Our team is in shock and disbelief.You cannot imagine how many people he has inspired with his words, laughter, brave acts, kindness, and deep sense of empathy. He was a passionate advocate of human rights dedicating his whole life to the marginalized. His tireless efforts to defend the rights of people with albinism and his charismatic leadership have encouraged us so much to stand up to get our message across.

Josephat has also taught us to Forgive others – one of the difficult things to do. He often said: Without forgiving what they have done to you, you will never make progress – we will cherish this wisdom in continuing our work.

The albinism community has lost a great leader, a brother, a friend, and someone who has changed many of our lives. But we will carry on with our work to achieve an all-inclusive society: Josephat’s dream – a dream he has fought for so bravely.

Josephat, we wish you never would have left us this early.

It will never be the same here without you.

May you rest in peace.

If you wish, please leave your condolences in the form of a comment here.


Op 12 april bereikte ons het verdrietige bericht dat Josephat is omgekomen bij een verkeersongeval. We zijn nog steeds in shock. Josephat, onze grote inspiratiebron, onze vriend, is er plotseling niet meer. Hij was een inspiratiebron voor velen, vooral voor kinderen en jongeren met albinisme. Ook mensenrechtenactivisten in andere Afrikaanse landen werden door hem geïnspireerd.

Hij was als een spin in het web. Hij wist precies wat er overal speelde en werd steeds invloedrijker in eigen land. Hij zette zijn leven op het spel voor waar hij in geloofde: het creëren van een gelijkwaardige wereld voor mensen met albinisme.

Lieve Josephat, bedankt voor alles. Bedankt voor wie je was. Bedankt voor het aanraken van onze levens.

De Josephat Torner Foundation Europe zal blijven bestaan. Het is een eer om jouw naam te mogen dragen en verschil te mogen maken in deze wereld.

Rust zacht vriend.

U kunt uw condoleances hier achterlaten.

(photo: Marleen Swaans)


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