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Reflecting on the life of Nelson Mandela

Jul 18, 2013, 12:04 PM

Today July 18th is Nelson Mandela International Day. A day set aside by the United Nations in November 2009 by the UN General Assembly in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.

For 67 years Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity - as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa.

It is a day to recognize Nelson Mandela’s values and his dedication to the service of humanity, in the fields of conflict resolution, race relations, the promotion and protection of human rights, reconciliation, gender equality and the rights of children and other vulnerable groups, as well as the upliftment of poor and underdeveloped communities.

It acknowledges his contribution to the struggle for democracy internationally, and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world.

Well, just like the UN boss said, this year’s commemoration of Nelson Mandela International Day comes at a moment of deep reflection on the life and work of Madiba, as the universally revered leader remains in hospital. 

In the same vein, we extend our prayers to ex-President Mandela on his 95th birthday and wish him a speedy recovery.

Africa and her leaders could learn a lot from the legacy of Nelson Mandela, who gave 67 years of his life to the struggle for human rights and social justice. 

It also reminds us all of the great sacrifice and good work Mandela did for his people and for humanity at large.

The day’s theme - “take action, inspire change” - is meant to mobilize the human family to do more to build a peaceful, sustainable and equitable world.

Once more we pray for the restoration of Madiba’s health and well-being, and urge all to remember the hero in their prayers.