World Leader Nelson Mandela Dies

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Nelson Mandela, a revolutionary in the South African apartheid movement, died on December 5. Mandela died in Johannesburg, South Africa at the age of 95 from a lung infection that he had been battling since June. Mandela’s respiratory problems began after he got tuberculosis while he was working in a lime quarry while he was in prison.

 Nelson Mandela led the anti-apartheid movement, or the desegregation of South Africa. He was imprisoned for inciting strikes and starting a conspiracy to overthrow the South African government among the South African people. He was released from prison in 1990 after being imprisoned for 27 years, when the ANC, the African National Congress, was legalized.

Mandela was the first president of democratic South Africa. Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 with Frederik de Klerk for their work integrating South Africa and bringing awareness to the world.

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear,” said by Nelson Mandela.