17 Jan, 2014 | From Ruhan of South Africa
Ruhan sent me this postcard in commemoration of the death of Nelson Mandela. Ruhan shared that he actually cried upon hearing the news about Mandela's death. He referred to him as South Africa's biggest hero and only good president.
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was South Africa's first black chief executive, and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalised racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation.
This quote from Mandela is written at the back of the postcard: "There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires."