Messages of Love for Roxana Diaz from Across the Globe
Posted on: Thursday, August 8, 2013
After the devastating loss of Roxana Diaz, our colleague, friend and sister who was killed by a drunk driver last month, we received many beautiful messages of love and support. A few are shared below. Roxana did not have enough time, but she seized life and used her time well. She made a powerful impact on the lives of the women we work with around the world. These messages are a testament to her lasting legacy.
During this tragic moment, in memory of a woman who has fallen, the whole KOFAVIV staff got together to observe a moment of silence in solidarity with MADRE, our sister organization, and to say REST IN PEACE Roxana Diaz. We are sharing this picture to show the sadness that we are feeling here, because when someone from MADRE falls, KOFAVIV also loses a member.
We are miles away from you there, but our prayers and thoughts are with you all. We will pray with you for Roxana, family and all her friends.
From Africa, Roxana was a flower in the garden, a flower that you will never miss to see when you walk or stand by, because of its beauty.
Keep and stay strong all of you. I still see her and we shall all keep her with us all the time. Our love and condolences to you all. As you see the family, tell them Africa prays for them.
- Lucy Mulenkei
Indigenous Information Network
Pesar por el fallecimiento de joven aliada de las mujeres indígenas
Mujeres indígenas expresaron su pesar tras la partida de Roxana Diaz, Coordinadora de Programas de la asociación MADRE.
Lideresas indígenas de las Américas expresaron su pesar por la inesperada partida de Roxana Diaz Gomez, de 27 años, quien formara parte de la asociación MADRE, aliada a dicho movimiento.
“Para quienes tuvimos la oportunidad de conocer a Roxana recordaremos la vitalidad de su juventud, la amplia sonrisa de su invitación al diálogo, y su siempre disposición de ayuda y orientación”.
Así lo señaló Tarcila Rivera, presidenta de CHIRAPAQ Centro de Culturas Indígenas y coordinadora del Enlace Continental de Mujeres Indígenas de las Américas ECMIA.
Roxana Diaz, nació en Nicaragua y residía en Nueva York. En 2007 se graduó en Ciencia Política y Estudios de América Latina en la Universidad Tulane de Nueva Orleans. Luego del paso del Huracán Catrina en dicha región, trabajó arduamente con varios organizaciones para llevar alivio a las víctimas.
Diaz laboró además en el Foro Internacional de Mujeres Indígenas FIMI. Como Coordinadora de Programas en la asociación MADRE, apoyo el quehacer de múltiples iniciativas de desarrollo. En 2015 concluiría su maestría en Administración en la Universidad de Columbia en Nueva York.
“Pediremos a nuestros dioses la acojan en el mejor lugar, donde pueda irradiar todo su amor a su familia y las amistades que tuvimos la oportunidad de compartir su cálida persona”, expresó Rivera Zea.
We at Indigenous Information Network (IIN) are truly saddened by the news of Roxana’s death. It’s a big loss. Roxana was a great woman and an asset to the women’s empowerment movement. We are thinking of her family, MADRE fraternity and friends during this difficult time. You are all in our hearts and prayers. We sincerely offer our deepest condolences.
- Edna Kaptoyo
Indigenous Information Network
En este momento de dolor y tristeza nos solidarizamos y nos pronunciamos como mujeres de lucha, y enviamos un gran saludo a la Familia de nuestra compañera y Amiga, Roxana Diaz Gomez, deseamos mucha fortaleza para su familia y al mismo tiempo muestras de condolencias por la perdida de un ser humano valiente, entusiasta y con capacidades de amor a la humanidad. ROXANA Gracias por velar por los derechos de las mujeres a nivel mundial, y convertirte ahora en un gran angel de luz, y con tu voz en los cielos y por la defensa de nuestros derechos, es así como mujeres de todo el mundo estamos presentes.
- Sandra Gonzalez
Women Workers Committee
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