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By: Britt L
The world is still mourning the death of South African leader and philanthropist Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at the age of 95.
Memories, photographs, and the outpouring of love hasn’t stopped since the reports of the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s death.
Nelson Mandela will be buried in a state funeral on Sunday, December 15. President Jacob Zuma confirmed Friday that Mandela will be laid to rest in his ancestral hometown of Qunu in the Eastern Cape province.
During an interview Friday, Zuma stated that Mandela’s funeral will be ultimately a remarkable one; a time of reflection, revelation and appreciation for Mandela’s work not only in South Africa, but the entire world.
“Sunday will be a ‘National Day of Prayer and Reflection,’ in which people throughout the Nation will gather in places of worship to conduct prayer services and meditation reflecting on the life of Mandela,” exclaimed Zuma.
An official memorial service will be held on Tuesday for Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa.
For the duration of Wednesday through next Friday, Mandela’s body will lie in state in Pretoria, where he served as President.
“Long live Madiba!,” Zuma chanted after his sentiments and announcements were concluded.
Mandela’s death came to no surprise due to recent reports of the former president falling ill, battling health issues, including multiple treatments of a recurring lung infection.
Mandela, who was imprisoned for nearly three decades for his rebellion against the apartheid, went on to spend the rest of his life fighting hatred, oppression, racism and inequalities for all.
Through Mandela’s years of leadership and consistency, he helped unite the nation of South Africa and managed to gain the reputation as one of the greatest freedom fighters of all time.
“I admired Mandela because he had not poisoned his heart,” said Leo Udtohan of Bohol, Philippines.
“He learned to forgive despite the horror he experienced while in prison.”
Udtohan wasn’t the only individual touched by Mandela’s achievements. Memorials sprang up from all over the U.S., from Los Angeles to Chicago where candles, flowers and pictures were placed in front of murals of Mandela.
In Washington, Citizens gathered around in front of the South African Embassy and held a moment of silence for the late leader.
For quite sometime, the government, Mandela’s family and the military have been panning out a fitting farewell for him. Over the next 10 days, events in a state funeral will broadcast worldwide and a private farewell will be granted to those closest to him.
Rest In Peace Our Great Fellow, You’ve showed us nothing but tremendous leadership and amazing morals.