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Monday, July 21, 2008

The Wealthy Must Do More

Since the 1970s, Nelson Mandela became an international symbol of freedom and equality and respect for the poor. Following his release from 27 years in prison on February 11, 1990, his policy of reconciliation and negotiation helped lead the transition to multi-racial democracy in South Africa. Since that time he has been widely praised, even by former opponents.

This past Friday, sounding and looking vigorous on his birthday - the man who has become a symbol of peace remains troubled by the demoralizing poverty still faced by so many.

"If you are poor, you are not likely to live long," he said.

His message was simple — "the wealthy must do more."

"There are many people in South Africa who are rich and who can share those riches with those not so fortunate, who have not been able to conquer poverty," Mandela said during the 10-minute interview, his first such exchange with journalists in years.

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Anonymous said...

Pleas pray for Courtney - she needs our prayers this week. C.H.

Gufbal1981 said...

please pray for my dad. he just recently had a heart attack and is going in for a second heart surgery on august the 8th.

Anonymous said...

We will be praying!