"Ravi will not be forgotten"
SUSAN MOHAMMED firstname.lastname@example.org
THE BRITISH Government today expressed gratitude for the work that slain scholar Ravindra Ramrattan was doing in Kenya.
Ambassador Arthur Snell, the British High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago, delivered a tribute at Ramrattan's funeral at Monroe Road, Cunupia.
"On behalf of the British Government we say 'thank you' for what you did", said Snell. "We will not forget what you did".
Two Saturday's ago, Ramrattan, 31, was at a mall in Nairobi, Kenya, when it was attacked by terrorists. He hid in a supermarket and sent text messages out to friends that he was safe. However, the follow day, his body was discovered in a morgue. Ramrattan was one of at least 69 persons killed in the attack.
President Anthony Carmona and Acting Prime Minister Roodal Moonilal and House Speaker Wade Mark were among the hundreds who attended the funeral.
Carmona and Mark sat next to Ramrattan's parents Bisnath and Parbatee Ramrattan during the ceremony. Moonilal sat among members of the Cabinet - National Security minister Gary Griffith, and other ministers Vasant Bharath, Winston Dookeran, Chandresh Sharma, Glenn Ramadharsingh and Stephen Cadiz.
Some of Ramrattan's friends whom he met during his time in Kenya, attended the funeral. Sean Smith said the project Ramrattan was working on at the time of his death was seeking free up millions of dollars to alleviate poverty.
Officiating pundit Amar Seepersad said : "he was snatched away by cowards. This can happen to anyone, even in Trinidad. Wars are fought with equals, who have the same type of weapons. I am sure if those individuals did not have weapons he would have challenged them. They have destroyed his body but not his soul". Ramrattan was taken to the Waterloo Cremation site for cremation.