Rest in Peace, Madiba

Nelson MandelaThe world turned dark today.

Nelson Mandela flew away. To a better place than this world.

My memories take me back to when I was a child in India, to class IV current events class, where I first learned about the cruelty and viscousness of apartheid. And then to my days at Florida State University, where I protested apartheid and urged divestment. The demonstrations over investments in South Africa matured me in so many ways. To February 11, 1990, when Mandela was released from prison. I could not take my eyes away from CNN, tears streaming down my face. It was as all the world had been freed. To the day in 2010 when I finally visited South Africa. Soweto and Robben Island were my two top destinations.

I stood in Mandela’s cell. Tried to imagine…

What a tower of a man he was. His name was synonymous with words that describe the very best of mankind. Courage. Virtue. Goodness. Strength. Love. Dedication. Honesty. Conviction. Fortitude. Brilliance. Soulful.

In the next few hours, days, weeks, I am sure I will read countless pieces on Mandela. But really, there are no words to describe the loss to the world.

Goodbye, Madiba.

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Filed under Africa, Courage, human rights, People, Racism

3 responses to “Rest in Peace, Madiba

  1. Jeffrey Clay Barcus

    Thank you Moni. I agree with your heart felt words so much. Today the world has lost a very special man…one that made us all better people. While I mourn the tremendous loss of his passing at the same time I too rejoice feeling the warm glow of precious light he lit within me years ago. May he rest in peace.

  2. Steven Mabuza

    A mighty warrior has decided to take a way to his ancestors- Rest In Peace Madiba

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