from Melanie

I knew Ali around 1999-2002. We met through politics; he committed himself to seeking to change this world and fighting the injustice and oppression he saw all around him.
Everybody liked and thought highly of Ali. He was smart, funny, modest, determined and firm when he had to be, and also caring and fragile too. As many others have remarked, he gave a great deal of himself to others and he spoke to me very often, and with much love and fondness, of his sisters and Mum.
I’m sorry I can’t be there next Friday to remember Ali with you and I send you my sincere condolences.