Good bye Kuria. We will always remember your smile and warm heart.

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It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of our dear Kuria Gathuru on 15 of November 2017.

We would like to express our deep condolences to Kuria’s family over his loss. He was also our dear friend and comrade in the CSM.

Over the past three years, Kuria has been an integral part of our family in the CSM, serving as a co-facilitator of the global constituency of the Urban Food Insecure to the CSM Coordination Committee and Co -Coordinator of the Urbanisation and Rural Transformation Working Group .

We always deeply appreciated Kuria and his way of being with all of us, enriching our space and work with his wonderful personality, knowledge and commitment. We are very grateful for the time and wisdom he dedicated to support the struggle for the right to food and food sovereignty, and bringing in a perspective and expertise that were so special and at the heart of the work we do.

His knowledge and experiences in Nairobi, which he brought to our work together in Rome, was always valuable, and many of the colleagues of the CSM Coordination Committee expressed that Kuria’s kindness, patience and understanding with everyone, and his openness to ideas and people was something very special. He was a true struggler whom we all loved and appreciated. He was a person with incredible passion for what he did and the people he worked with every day, and particularly the young people that he worked with and mentored.

We will always remember his kind smile, his unique laugh, and his warm heart.

In the name of the whole Coordination Committee and colleagues in the CSM.