David Beer

David’s experiences in southern Africa in the 60s and 70s, both as a Cuso International volunteer and staff, helped to shape Canada’s response to the oppressive tactics being used by apartheid leaders. “As volunteers and staff, we knew what was really happening. We saw the effects of the bombings and attacks to suppress political movements,” says David. Cuso International and David were regularly called upon by Canadian foreign officials to give briefings of what was happening on the ground.

“This work became part of my consciousness that I’ve carried with me throughout my life.”