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.
South Africans of all ages have been celebrating the 95th birthday of Nelson Mandela, their first black president.
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 gathered outside the MediClinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, where Mr Mandela has been undergoing treatment for more than a month.
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.
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.
In St George’s Cathedral, in Cape Town, people lit candles for Mr Mandela.
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.
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 went to the hospital in Pretoria to mark his predecessor’s 95th birthday.
Mr Mandela is the first recipient of a digital ID card in South Africa, as the government begins rolling out a new system.
Riders preparing for the day’s stage in the Tour de France gathered by a giant poster of Mr Mandela.
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.
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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