George Cramm (1938-2018), Canadian Humanitarian: Veteran of the Latin American Working Group

George Cramm (1938-2018), Canadian Humanitarian: Veteran of the Latin American Working Group

April 26, 2018
Posted by: Sean Eedy
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  • I was deeply saddened to learn of George’s passing. As director of refugee policy in the late 1970’s I banged heads with George on many occasions. I didn’t always like his tactics but never doubted his sincerity, commitment and devotion to the refugee cause and existence of Canada’s vibrant refugee advocacy community owes a great deal to George’s passion and leadership. As we were designing the 1976/78 resettlement system it was George who persuaded us to exempt refugees from the point system. I saw a great deal of George when I was posted to Nairobi which he visited occasionally on Anglican Primate’s business. I was surprised to learn he had never seen a game park offered to take him and son camping during his subsequent visit. A few months later we three drove out to Ambosely, in the shadow of Kilimanjaro. The camp ground was deserted but we found secure spot (more or less) and pitched our tent. George heard a noise about 4 in the morning and woke me up. Without getting out of our sleeping bags we quietly unzipped the text flap and peered out. It was so dark we couldn’t even see the stars. Until the elephant moved.

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