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Thu 18 Jul 2013 to Fri 18 Jul 2014

World pays tribute to Madiba while anti-apartheid hero hospitalized

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  • Last Update: 4 years ago
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The world pays tribute to Nelson Mandela on his birthday, declared by the UN the International Mandela Day, while the anti-apartheid hero is still critically ill.

The former president and global statesman, who is referred to in his native South Africa by his tribe name, Madiba, meaning Father, was admitted to hospital on June 8 for a recurring lung infection.

Mandela is the first democratically elected president of South Africa and the first black person to hold the position.

Since 2009, following the success of Mandela's 90th birthday celebrations in London's Hyde Park in June 2008, people all over the world have been asked to celebrate his birthday in a way that will help others. 

The UN formally declared July 18 the International Nelson Mandela Day in 2009 and the first UN Mandela Day was held on 18 July 2010.

The International Nelson Mandela Day calls for 67 minutes of their time to charities or community service as a tribute to Mandela’s 67 year long fight for the rights of humanity. This call to action by individuals aims to change the world one step at a time.

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Organization: The Nelson Mandela Foundation