Nelson Mandela, who led South Africa out of apartheid and became the nation’s first black president, passed away at the age of 95 on the 5th of Decemeber, 2013. He had been fighting illness for a long time, and has finally been laid to rest. As a tribute to one of the most inspirational men in history, we are honoured to share some old photos that document his incredible life. Madiba, this is for you!
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. 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.”
As both the father of his nation and its conscience, Mandela’s incredibly remarkable life changed the history of a country. His legacy is felt deeply around the world. For someone who spent 27 years in a spartan cell on Robben Island – with one visitor a year and one letter every six months – he still had faith in human nature, never once faltering to believe in the positive turn-around of the future of his country.
Today we mourn the loss of a man who spent his life fighting for freedom, in his efforts to turn his nation into a democratic one. His courage, determination and kind heart are traits of his that will never be forgotten. He will forever be remembered as a global symbol of freedom and of struggle against injustice in this world of racial reconciliation. He is a true hero and as sad as it is to lose this truly honourable man, we must focus on his positive influences on the world and continue to nurture everything he has set in stone.