18 July

'21 years in captivity _ Shoes too small to fit his feet _ His body abused, but his mind is still free _ You're so blind that you cannot see'

July 18, 2009 · 1 min read

Happy birthday Nelson Mandela, born today in 1918 in Mvezo, a district of Umtata, the Transkei capital.

I dream of the realisation of the unity of Africa, whereby its leaders combine in their efforts to solve the problems of this continent. I dream of our vast deserts, of our forests, of all our great wildernesses.

Nelson Mandela


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