2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Andi Parhamovich Fellowship. The fellowship was founded in memory of NDI staff-member Andi Parhamovich, 28, who was killed on January 17, 2007, when her convoy was attacked while returning from a political party training session in Baghdad. Over the past ten years, the fellowship has had a lasting impact for women’s political empowerment around the world. Over a series of posts, we will examine this impact and remember Andi Parhamovich’s legacy.
A message from Andi's father, Andre Parhamovich
It has been 10 years since we lost you to the war in Iraq. The reality of your loss is this: the intensity of our grief lessens over time, but we all carry a body of sadness and loneliness in our hearts and souls everyday. There are still some days I just live to live. If tears were liquid gold, I would be a billionaire. I believe that love is an eternal flame and that no light born in love can ever be extinguished. The warmth of your love will live on forever in our hearts. May that warmth of your love give us hope to carry on. For hope is the match that lights the candle of courage. I try to live my life as kind as possible so that your legacy of kindness lives on in me. We all miss you so dearly.