Statement of MPI on the Passing of Nelson Mandela
10 December 2013
Last Saturday evening, President Jacob Zuma called upon all South Africans to pray, reflect and celebrate the life of their beloved Nelson Mandela, who passed away at the age of 95 on 5 December 2013. The Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute (MPI) echoes this call and asks its friends, colleagues, supporters, alumni, and networks to take some time this week to pray and reflect upon the life of this extraordinary man. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, affectionately called Tata Madiba, truly was a peace builder since he transcended hatred and anger and sought reconciliation among all the people of South Africa in order to build a new society founded on love and forgiveness. Nelson Mandela is a model for all of us to follow who seek a world where justice and peace will prevail. Let us stand in solidarity with the people of South Africa and the rest of the world who now pay tribute to this gentleman who was a "light in the darkness," as one parish priest in Soweto described Nelson Mandela, and celebrate his life by deepening our commitment to build a just and peace-filled society within our families, communities, and nations.
The following websites can serve as a resource for more information and for preparing a prayer service or ritual:
The Nelson Mandela Foundation: http://www.nelsonmandela.org. You may leave a message of condolence and tribute here. You may also read about the call to unite in prayer.
Mail and Guardian Tribute Site to Nelson Mandela: http://madiba.mg.co.za.
A video tribute poem by Maya Angelou: http://www.iol.co.za/news/special-features/nelson-mandela/tributes/video-maya-angelou-s-tribute-to-mandela-1.1619104#.UqXmL5F5hyo.
Find a song that pays tribute to Nelson Mandela: http://entertainment.iafrica.com/music/890188.html.
Find out the meaning of Nelson Mandela's names: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/nelson-mandela/10501587/Nelson-Mandela-Madiba-Tata-whats-in-a-name.html.
Special coverage of Nelson Mandela on Democracy Now!: http://www.democracynow.org/topics/nelson_mandela.
A video of the life of Nelson Mandela from the New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/video/world/africa/1247465446832/nelson-mandela-1918-2013.html
United Nations Video on Nelson Mandela's Life Story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9xtS57534Y.