Friday, July 18, 2008

Happy Birthday Madiba

One of my very few political heroes celebrates his 90th birthday today, Nelson Mandela´s impact on South Africa´s change from Apartheid state to Rainbow nation is one that can´t be overstated. This is one of the occasions when one person really made a tremendous difference. I had the opportunity and great pleasure of working as a wolunteer at one of Mandela´s first appearences abroad after being released from Robben Island after 27 years in prison 1990. It´s still a night and a speech that i treasure and cherish as one of my very best memories ever.

Happy Birthday Madiba!

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Blogger Arabista said...

Happy Birthday Mandela :)
I was so surprised that he was only JUST removed from the American terrorist list, despite being celebrated for his peaceful work

2:56 PM  
Blogger Ibn ad Dunya said...

Well, the Americans are not that quick to adapt to new political realities ,Arabista...

4:42 PM  
Blogger Sniff said...

Happy birthday!

Another slant on this (but not as recent a development) is that Mandela's case could not be taken by Amnesty International, while Robert Mugabe was...

5:30 PM  
Blogger Ibn ad Dunya said...

Hi Sniff! Because ANC was labeled as a terroristorganization while ZANU was not?

Very interesting, in retrospective...

6:31 PM  

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