Sunday, Nelson Mandela was released from the hospital and returned home; Nelson Mandela, 95 had been in the hospital for three months and his overall health has been failing. Mandela returned to his Johannesburg home after taking a long journey from the hospital in Pretoria. Nelson Mandela’s family built him an intensive care unit in his home to make his stay more comfortable and to avoid regular trips back to the hospital.
South Africa's Presidency released this statement Sunday: his "condition remains critical and is at times unstable," according to the BBC.
The people of South Africa have become increasingly concerned about Mandela’s health over the last year, but many people felt relieved that the doctors thought he was strong enough to return home. The BBC reported that only a small crowd of reporters waited for his return outside his Johannesburg home.
In 1993, Nelson Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1994, Mandela became South Africa's first black president and served for five years. His last public appearance was during the 2010 World Cup soccer tournament when it was held in South Africa. He was imprisoned for 27 years in an attempt to fight racist white rule. Mandela is currently retired and lives in the village of Qunu.
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