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A giant has left us for the Summerlands

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The great Nelson Mandela has died at the age of ninety-five.

He was best known as one of the greats who carried the battle against apartheid, together with people like Desmond Tutu and the last white President of South Africa, FW de Klerk, to its conclusion, and the man who kept the end of apartheid from becoming a bloodbath. He was a hero of the age to people of all ages and nations, of all colors. Although he remained silent on the subject of AIDS while he was in office as president, he became an energized campaigner for information and health measures, breaking open the silence on HIV and AIDS in South Africa at that time.

I am honored to have lived in the same time as this man. And now he can rest free of pain in the eyes and lungs that were damaged in his long years in prison. He in the Summerlands, and we are left to carry on his legacy.


edited to add:
Mandela's younger days, the ox thief


Mandela and DeKlerk, 1993, win the Nobel Peace Prize

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deborahblakehps
Dec. 6th, 2013 06:49 pm (UTC)
People who knew him were saying on TV this morning that they felt a mixture of sadness and joy. Yes. This.
deelouash
Dec. 9th, 2013 12:44 am (UTC)
A sad day, wistful and thoughtful yet oddly serene - a great man of peace finally at peace himself.
dewline
Jan. 2nd, 2014 11:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah. That was a day, wasn't it. He had a long run, not always the best run...but that was the point of running at all, wasn't it?
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