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Monday, December 9, 2013

Nelson Mandela --- RIP

It is with the deepest regret we have learned that Nelson Mandela passed away on last Friday, 5 December 2013, at the age of 95. Mandela died of a lung infection at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg surrounded by his family.

Beloved figure around the world, a Nobel Prize laureate and the first black President in South Africa, he dedicated his life to serving the humanity. He has left us many special quotes, and 2 of them are my favourites. They are as below :-
“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner. “
“If you talk to a man in language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. “

Well, if you would like to read all his special quotes, you may refer here.

In the personal life of Mandela, he had 3 marriages. He had lost his 2 sons, one whom died of AIDS and another who was died in accident. A few days before the 2012 FIFA World Cup, he lost his beloved granddaughter too.
By the time of his death, Mandela had come to be widely considered "the father of the nation" within South Africa, and "the founding father of democracy", being seen as "the national liberator, the savior, its Washington and Lincoln rolled into one".

We would like to give thanks for his life and his sacrifices for freedom, and express our sadness due to this enormous loss to the world.
Mandela's body will lie in state from 11 to 13 December at the Union Buildings in Pretoria and a state funeral will be held on Sunday 15 December in Qunu.
Lastly, I would like to say that Nelson Mandela would be missed by many people in the world wide and may he rest in peace.

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