Nobel Peace Prize recipient and former South African President, Nelson Mandela is in critical condition. Mandela has been in hospital since June 8th due to a reoccurring lung infection. The 94 year old’s health has been decreasing over the past few years. The current President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma stated, “The doctors are doing everything possible to ensure his well-being and comfort”. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mandela and his family during this difficult time. Mixed Nation decided to take a look back at the significant influence Mandela had and continues to have over the people of South Africa and all over the world.
Nelson Mandela grew up under the Apartheid system of government, which implemented racial segregation that was enforced by legislation. Mandela was courageous and dedicated his life to fighting against the unjust system. He became the leader of an underground political movement called the African National Congress (ANC) but unfortunately his participation was cut short when he was sentenced to life in prison. Even in prison, Mandela was a source of hope for people. In 1990, after 27 years of imprisonment, he was freed. His release from prison was the catalyst to the end of the apartheid. Less than 5 years later, Mandela was elected the President of South Africa and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. As a result of Mandela’s strength, everyone in South Africa has equal opportunities to work and live. He is one of the world’s most courageous freedom fighters.
“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.” – Nelson Mandela
We thank Nelson Mandela for his self-sacrifice and dedication. He is in our thoughts and prayers during this time. Read more about his life story here.