Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Born: July 18, 1918

Died: December 5, 2013

Nationality: South African

Occupation: Statesman

Biography: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, the first ever to be elected in a fully representative democratic election. Before being elected President, Mandela was a militant anti-apartheid activist, and the leader and co-founder of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress.

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Source/Notes: As quoted in the article "Mandela bears message of peace in first visit to Israel" by Suzanne Belling, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, October 22, 1999
Source/Notes: National Geographic, Volume 200, Issues 2-6, National Geographic Society, 2001

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Source/Notes: Explaining why he learned Afrikaans, the language of his prison guards in South Africa. - At home in the world: the Peace Corps story, Peace Corps, 1996 - ISBN: 9780964447219