Die Welt ist gestern ärmer geworden.
Zu wenige solcher Menschen gibt es, die einen so tiefen Humanismus leben. Nicht nur Südfafrika verliert einen überragenden Menschen und Politiker, sondern die ganze Welt.
Die südafrikanische mail&guardian schreibt:
We needed him then, we need him now, and we will always need him. He was, is, and always will be the lodestone to which our national voyage must tend. […] At the opening of the first democratic Parliament in 1994, Mandela quoted Ingrid Jonker’s poem The child who was shot dead by soldiers in Nyanga.
The final words of that poem seem as apposite to the death of Nelson Mandela as they were to the birth of our nation.
“the child is present at all meetings and legislations
“the child peeps through the windows of houses and into the hearts of mothers
“the child who just wanted to play in the sun at Nyanga is everywhere
“the child who became a man treks through all of Africa
“the child who became a giant travels through the whole world
“Without a pass.”
We say goodbye to our giant.
But we must refuse to say goodbye to his example, his ideals, and the dream we share with him.
We will always need Madiba.
Viele Bilder gibt es bei der BBC: