Let Us Celebrate Nelson Mandela International Day on 18 July
On July 18, Nelson Mandela International Day is being celebrated. This year, it was 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela since 18 July 1918. Thus, we believe the Centenary is an occasion to reflect on his life and legacy, and to follow his call to “make of the world a better place.” Nelson Mandela in 1994 became South Africa’s first black president and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election after 27 years in prison. He stepped down in 1999 and died on 5 December 2013, at the age of 95. The world was being inspired by Nelson Mandela as he was a towering global advocate for justice and equality. He was courageous and compassionate. Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for many years, yet he never became a prisoner of his past. Besides he spread his energy into reconciliation and his vision of a peaceful, multi-ethnic, democratic South Africa. The Nelson Mandela Foundation is dedicating this year’s Mandela Day to Action Against Poverty, honouring Nelson Mandela’s leadership and devotion to fighting poverty and promoting social justice for all.