Nelson Mandela, Anti-Apartheid Icon and Former President of South Africa, Dies at 95
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, anti-apartheid revolutionary and President of South Africa from 1994-1999, died Thursday, December 5th in his home at the age of 95.
Mandela was a freedom fighter, prisoner, South Africa’s symbol of the struggle against racial oppression. After 27 years in prison he led his country out of decades of apartheid.
His message of reconciliation, not vengeance, inspired the world after he negotiated a peaceful end to segregation and urged forgiveness for the white government that imprisoned him.
Mandela battled health issues in recent years, including a recurring lung infection that led to numerous hospitalizations.
“Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father,” 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.”
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