Mandela is gone, long live Mandela!

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Nelson MandelaWhen a human being of the stature of Mandela leaves, the world shakes and tries to cope with the news. It doesn’t matter  that we knew he was seriously ill, it doesn’t matter how long we knew he would one day leave us, it doesn’t matter that we knew he deserved to rest. We just grieve and wish that he could have stayed with us forever; continued to guide us, remaining a vivid example of what courage, vision and true love for others can bring to humanity.

Mr. Mandela visited Switzerland several times, congratulating the country on its neutrality. Didier Burkhalter, President of the Confederation in 2014, was one of the first to react to the passing of this great man: “Nelson Mandela’s passing affects us all. He has been, and will remain, an example for all humanity. An example of strength, liberty, forgiveness and reconciliation.”

Let the world remember that when we overlook differences, barriers fall and positive change happens.
Here are two quotes among the many that Nelson Rohlilala Mandela (1918-2013) has offered us, to help us continue to look to the future:

“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion (…) If [people] can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

“Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.”

Sources: “La mort de Nelson Mandela nous concerne tous“, 6 December 2013
Le Nouvelliste “Nelson Mandela: la Suisse est un pays ami”, 6 December 2013Quotes taken from:
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  1. Luna Kagabo

    Paul Kagame pointed out that Nelson Mandela was, above all, a politician. This is not to diminish his remarkable legacy, but rather to remind the world that politicians are capable of remarkable things.

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