Nelson Mandela Mourned By Latin American and World Leaders

By admin December 6, 2013 16:23

nelson mandelaIn nearly seven decades spent fighting for freedom and equality, Nelson Mandela inspired and challenged the world to stand up for others. As word of Mandela’s death spread, current and former presidents, athletes and entertainers, and people around the world spoke about the life and legacy of the former South African leader.

From Havana to Caracas, Bogota to Mexico City, from Harlem to Hollywood and Paris to Beijing, people hailed Mandela’s indomitable courage in the face of adversity as an inspiration for all. In a testament to his universal appeal, political leaders of various stripes joined critics and activists in paying tribute to Mandela as a heroic force for peace and reconciliation.

Some knew Mandela personally while many only knew him from afar, but they shared how they drew inspiration from his strength and looked to live his message of continuing the struggle against social injustice and for human rights.

Latin American Leaders React

Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia

“His legacy remains our guide to achieve peace.”


Oscar Arias, Former President of Costa Rica and Nobel Peace Prize Winner in 1986

“Madiba has died. His sunset would be a tragedy if not for his life having been a miracle of incandescence.”


Pérez Esquivel, Nobel Peace Prize Winner

“Mandela left, but he is not gone. His testimony of life and the principles he assumed in the struggle for life remain. Today, many challenges remain in South Africa and the process of struggle to which he collaborated will serve as a compass to South Africans. Nelson Mandela was and will be an example for humanity.”

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

By admin December 6, 2013 16:23

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