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South African leader Nelson Mandela dies at 95

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Former South African President Nelson Mandela died
yesterday at the age of 95.

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Mandela’s health had been fragile in the past few years;
he was in and out hospitals. Considered a global Icon, he
was also a boxer, a lawyer and a Noble Peace Prize Winner.

He was a non-violent, advocate of peace and wanted
freedom for his beloved country of South Africa. He was
imprisoned for 27 years by the apartheid regime of the
country in 1964 for his political activities and was set
free in 1990 to become the first black president of
South Africa a few years later.

The world was shocked when he came out of prison
without an ounce of bitterness and instead of wanting
revenge or retribution against his captors he only
wanted reconciliation.

South Africa will be mourning his passing for 10 days
in which he will honor and sent away with the dignity
and respect he deserves.

A quote from Mandela can summarize his journey:
“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this
struggle of the African people. I have fought against
white domination, and I have fought against black
domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic
and free society in which all persons live together in
harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal
which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be,
it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”
—Pretoria Supreme Court, April 20, 1964.

RIP Nelson Mandela 1918-2013


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