Saturday, July 19, 2008

Happy Birthday Mandela

Nelson Mandela, the man credited with ending apartheid in South Africa, has marked his 90th birthday by calling for the rich to do more for the poor.

"If you are poor, you are not likely to live long," he said at his village house in Eastern Cape province for a birthday interview.

BBC NEWS | Africa | Mandela at 90 makes call for poor.

Nelson Mandela, one of the greatest figures of our time, celebrated his 90th birthday with a call to bridge the gap between the rich and poor. Mandela played an instrumental role in bridging the gap between whites and blacks in his country after years of suffering under racial discrimination.

He was imprisoned himself for 27 years and later became the country’s first black president. After he was inaugurated as president he walked towards a white policeman, his former captor, and shook his hand telling him "today you have become our police". The policeman was reduced to tears.



Anonymous said...

Have you read Long Walk to Freedom - his autobiography?

Bu Ziyad said...

No I have not.. It is on my list though!