It is with great sadness that we mark the tragic death of Karim Saafi, Co-president of the African Diaspora Youth Forum in Europe, in the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash in Ethiopia on 10 March 2019.
Karim, 38 years, was a talented and dynamic youth leader who fought ceaselessly for the rights of young young people in Africa and Europe, especially diaspora and migrants.
Karim worked closely with AFFORD and ADEPT as a specialist in youth engagement, entrepreneurship training, project management, and bid-writing.
A dual French and Tunisian national, Karim was born in Saint- Germain-en-Laye Paris, France and lived in Saint Gilles for many years. He completed his graduate studies at the Solvay Institute of Economics and Management before pursuing his passion, which was supporting young people across Europe and Africa to fulfill their potential.
A co-founder of the African Diaspora Youth Network in Europe (ADYNE), and Co-President of the African Diaspora Youth Forum (ADYFE), Karim was also a former board member of the African Union’s Panafrican Youth Forum, and worked as a tireless and dedicated advocate for the rights of young people.
Karim was also a former board member of the African Union’s Panafrican Youth Forum, and worked as a tireless and dedicated advocate for the rights of young people.
Those of us who knew and worked with Karim could not fail to notice his passion and commitment to his field, but also his warmth and humour. A true flower of youth of both Europe and Africa, he was also a citizen of the world. Fluent in at least four languages. educated and passionate about art and culture, Karim loved to travel and to meet new people and was an inspiration to those who had the privilege to meet him.
Karim’s death is a great loss to the development sector, and to the young people that he inspired with his energy, warmth, and enthusiasm.
AFFORD would like to pass on its deepest condolences to his family and friends, our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.
A collection is being organised on behalf of his family, contributions can be made here