In pictures and Video: The World Celebrates Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday


In pictures: The world celebrates Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday

Yes I know we are late! but still, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Mr. Nelson Mandela !!!!

Nelson Mandela is spending his 95th birthday in hospital in Pretoria, as events take place around the world and in South Africa in his honour.

Children outside clinic in Pretoria where Nelson Mandela is being treated, Pretoria (18 July)
South Africans of all ages have been celebrating the 95th birthday of Nelson Mandela, their first black president.
Newspaper vendor holds up paper with Mandela's picture on the front, Soweto (18 July)This newspaper vendor in the township of Soweto, where Mr Mandela once lived, holds up the day’s paper bearing birthday wishes to the former leader.
Well-wishers outside Mr Mandela's hospital in Pretoria (18 July)
Well-wishers gathered outside the MediClinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, where Mr Mandela has been undergoing treatment for more than a month.
Pupils at the Denver primary school in Johannesburg pray for Nelson Mandela (18 July)Mr Mandela has been in hospital for more than a month with a recurring lung infection. These pupils at a Johannesburg primary school offered prayers for his health.
Pupils at Phefeni High School, Soweto, sing Happy Birthday to Nelson Mandela (18 July)
Schoolchildren – including these teenagers at Phefeni High School, opposite Mr Mandela’s former home in Soweto – began Mandela Day by singing Happy Birthday to the man regarded as the father of modern South Africa.
Candles burning for Nelson Mandela, St George's Cathedral, Cape Town (18 July)In St George’s Cathedral, in Cape Town, people lit candles for Mr Mandela.
Four of Nelson Mandela's grandchildren - Adjoa Amuah, Mbuso, Zondwa and Tukwini (from left to right) - work on a garden, Mamelodi township, outside Pretoria (18 July)
South Africans were encouraged to donate 67 minutes of their day to volunteer work, to mark Mr Mandela’s 67 years of public service. Four of Mr Mandela’s grandchildren set an example, working on a garden outside Pretoria.
Children hold placards at a township school, Atteridgeville, near Pretoria (18 July)At times, the outlook for Mr Mandela’s health seemed bleak, but doctors say his condition has improved. Across the country his birthday is being marked by relief – many, like this schoolgirl in Atteridgeville township, greeting him by his clan name, Madiba.
South African President Jacob Zuma arrives at Nelson Mandela's hospital, Pretoria (18 July)
South African President Jacob Zuma went to the hospital in Pretoria to mark his predecessor’s 95th birthday.
Nelson Mandela's digital ID card Mr Mandela is the first recipient of a digital ID card in South Africa, as the government begins rolling out a new system.
The peloton waits behind an image of Nelson Mandela to begin Thursday's stage of the Tour de France, Gap (18 July)
Riders preparing for the day’s stage in the Tour de France gathered by a giant poster of Mr Mandela.
Two women read from a children's version of Nelson Mandela's autobiography to a school class in Nairobi (18 July)Mr Mandela’s story resonates far beyond South Africa. These two women are reading from a children’s version of his autobiography to a school in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
Image of Nelson Mandela on a Times Square billboard, New York City (18 July)
Mr Mandela’s image was displayed on a billboard in New York’s Times Square, along with a birthday greeting.
Source: BBC News

Watch South Africans celebrates Nelson Mandela’s Birthday


The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
July 17, 2013

Statement by the President and Mrs. Obama on Nelson Mandela International Day

On behalf of our family and the people of the United States, Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes and prayers to Nelson Mandela on the occasion of his 95th birthday, as well as to Graça Machel, the Mandela family, and the government and people of South Africa as they mark the fifth annual Nelson Mandela International Day.   Our family was deeply moved by our visit to Madiba’s former cell on Robben Island during our recent trip to South Africa, and we will forever draw strength and inspiration from his extraordinary example of moral courage, kindness, and humility.

On Nelson Mandela International Day, people everywhere have the opportunity to honor Madiba through individual and collective acts of service.  Through our own lives, by heeding his example, we can honor the man who showed his own people – and the world – the path to justice, equality, and freedom.  May Nelson Mandela’s life of service to others and his unwavering commitment to equality, reconciliation, and human dignity continue to be a beacon for each future generation seeking a more just and prosperous world.

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