Friday 6 December 2013

Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

While working on the previous AWOAT post about our students attendance to the annual puppet workshop, I came across the terrible news of the death of an extraordinary man, recognized today as one of the world's greatest leaders: Nelson Mandela.

I couldn't but think that there should be one post honouring this man, who has been loved by millions around the world.  

When he was born, he was given the name "Rolihlahla" which literally means "troublemaker" in the Xhosa language (a language spoken in South Africa). Who would have said how appropriate this name would be? Nelson Mandela will be always remembered for being a freedom fighter in a country subjugated by apartheid. He was sentenced to life imprisonment after leading a campaign against apartheid government and he spent more than 20 years of his life in prison only to become the new hope to a whole nation. 

We have so many things to learn from this man who has just left us that I realise it's not fair to highlight just one, but I have to express my opinion here. I've always admired his capacity and will to forgive for the sake of peace. We will never move forward if we aren't at peace with ourselves and with people who have made us wrong. 

May your soul rest in peace, Madiba. 

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