Tuesday, May 16, 2006
A year has passed since Julian's untimely death. Tomorrow I shall be meeting some friends to commemorate his passing away.
A few days after his death, I wrote the following tribute, which I am hereby reproducing for the blogosphere.
I was watching Bondi+ when suddenly, two of my closest friends - Noel Agius and James Debono - phoned me in the space of a few minutes and gave me the unbelievable news. "Julian Manduca has left us".
Julian Manduca - a pioneer of the Maltese environmental movement, journalist and a man of the arts.
I've been knowing Julian for many years and I still remember the first time that I spoke to him, at a party organised by my parents. I was in my teens. At these parties you'd find intellectuals, artists, and all sorts of interesting and influential people. Julian was no exception.
Julian had been active in Malta's environmental movement ever since its birth in the 1980s, and was on the frontline of activism and solidarity with local communities, farmers and the ecology ever since. His knowledge and experience were vital for various campaigns. His determination was truly influential.If progress was made in Malta's environment, both in terms of concrete achievements and in terms of peoples' perceptions, Julian's influence surely played no small part.
I will surely remember Julian as a major source of inspiration, and, above all, as a true friend and comrade. My condolences go to his wife Irene Christ and to his family.
Julian, may you rest in peace. Your spirit lives on!!
In the meantime, I want to add my voice to the chorus of people who are condemning the cowardly violent acts which are being carried out against people who are speaking against racism. What can I say? Not more than has already been said...... I really hope that this circle of violence is stopped.