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Anti-apartheid campaigner to give talk about the riots

VISIT: Desmond Tutu

VETERAN ANTI-apartheid campaigner Desmond Tutu is to visit the UK later this month.

Archbishop Tutu, former Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa will host a public debate called Conversation for Change at Fairfield Halls, Croydon in Surrey on October 23.

The international peace campaigner, who is here with his daughter Reverend Mpho Tutu, will focus on how to resolve tensions and divisions in the UK.

Among the issues to be discussed are last August’s riots that blighted large parts of England. The disturbances were sparked by the police’s shooting of Tottenham, north London resident Mark Duggan.

The veteran campaigner hopes his visit will provide an opportunity for hundreds of young people to ask direct questions.

"The Archbishop will listen to their ideas about what could make a real difference to their communities," said event organisers, the Archbishop’s Tutu Foundation UK.

The Tutu Foundation aims to build peace in fractured communities, using a model inspired by Tutu’s international peace and reconciliation work.

More than 600 members of the public are expected to attend the event, which also aims to highlight and celebrate the Foundation’s work on reconciliation and community cohesion.

In a statement, Tutu said: "My Foundation is currently working in communities and with people who were directly affected by the Summer riots of 2011. Supporting people to communicate with others is a step towards rebuilding the loss of trust and confidence in public bodies and voluntary groups."

The October 23 event will also have several inspiring contributors, using words, music and dance

The 80-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner will also be promoting the South African philosophy of Ubuntu, which covers the idea of community oneness in building society.

He said: "I am because you are and how I behave impacts not only on me but also others around me because we all belong together."

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