Sad news to report. Former South African president, Nelson Mandela, has died at the age of 95. Best known his imprisonment of 27 years and then leading his home country in the fight against racial oppression, Mandela experienced many health problems over the past few years, including a recurring lung infection that led to several hospitalizations.
In spite of his imprisonment, he emerged peacefully to try to end apartheid, pushing a message of forgiveness and becoming a strong example of leadership throughout the world. ”As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison,” Mandela famously said after he was freed in in 1990.
“Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father,” the current South African President Jacob Zuma said. “What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves.” President Barack Obama, praised Mandela for his character as well. We’ve lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth,” Obama said. “He no longer belongs to us. He belongs with the ages.”
Nelson Mandela will always be respected and admire for his leadership, courage, and humility. Prayers to his family, friends, and South Africa!
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