«SAWUBONA BARCELONA» is the official greeting adopted by the 7th European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health, because we think it perfectly fits with the spirit and philosophy of our work and activities.
SAWUBONA is a Zulu greeting, and it literally means «We see you».
«Youth worker and community leader Orland Bishop explains the meaning of the Zulu greeting Sawubona ("We see you") as an invitation to a deep witnessing and presence. This greeting forms an agreement to affirm and investigate the mutual potential and obligation that is present in a given moment. At its deepest level, Orland explains, this "seeing" is essential to human freedom.» (Global Oneness Project)
«When two human beings meet in this gesture of Sawubona, the acknowledgment is, we see each other. That becomes an agreement, because we´re obligated, from that point, to affirm the reality that seeing has empowered us to investigate our mutual potential for life. So it invites us to communicate: if we are seeing each other, why are we here at the same time? What has this moment of time given us, is giving us to be able to do? So it´s an invitation to participate in each other´s life.» (Orland Bishop, youth worker and community leader).
When our Volunteers welcome you saying «SAWUBONA BARCELONA» you can answer «YEBO, SAWUBONA», which means «Yes, we see you, too».