7 Dec, 2013
Much is written these days following the death of Nelson Mandela, on 5 December, at age 95. It is virtually impossible to say anything that has not already been said in any of the millions of media, blogs and social networks that have dedicated a space to him. There have also been, unfortunately, those who, in a position of political or economic power, have dishonestly praised Nelson Mandela, while their laws and their personal behaviours fall into contradiction with their words about Mandela.
So, after much thought, we decided to quote the words of Peter Gabriel, singer and songwriter. Gabriel, unlike some of the politicians have quoted above, has long been involved in projects related to human rights, and supporting Mandela. For this reason, his words have a double value. This is what Gabriel said about Mandela:
“To come out of 27 years in jail and to immediately set about building a Rainbow Nation with your sworn enemy is a unique and extraordinary example of courage and forgiveness. In this case, Mandela had seen many of his people beaten, imprisoned and murdered, yet he was still willing to trust the humanity and idealism of those who had been the oppressors, without whom he knew he could not achieve an almost peaceful transition of power. There is no other example of such inspirational leadership in my lifetime.”
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