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Nelson Mandela dead at 95

By April Neale Dec 6, 2013, 3:29 GMT

Nelson Mandela dead at 95

02/15/1993 - Nelson Mandela and wife Winnie Mandela - Nelson Mandela File Photos - South Africa - South Africa Landmark / PR Photos

Nelson Mandela, the revered South African anti-apartheid icon who spent 27 years in prison, who led his country as the first black president, died Thursday at home. He was 95.

"He is now resting," said South African President Jacob Zuma. "He is now at peace."

"Our nation has lost his greatest son," he continued. "Our people have lost their father."

CNN reports that the state funeral will be held, and Zuma called for mourners to conduct themselves with "the dignity and respect" that Mandela embodied in life.

The icon of the anti-apartheid movement and international human rights leader died Thursday. He was 95 years old.

"Wherever we are in the country, wherever we are in the world, let us reaffirm his vision of a society… in which none is exploited, oppressed or dispossessed by another," he said as tributes began pouring in from across the world.

Mandela was a symbol of revolution, resistance and triumph over racial segregation.

He inspired a generation of activists and world leaders including President Barack Obama, who spoke today about the impact Mandela had on him.

In his jailhouse memoirs, Mandela was locked away on Robben Island with only one visitor a year and one letter every six months, yet he wrote that he still had faith in human nature.

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion,” he wrote in “Long Walk to Freedom.” “People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

 



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