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Monday, July 18, 2011

AFRICA'S GANDHI: Nelson Mandela celebrates 93rd birthday!

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PTI / The Hindu / JOHANNESBURG, July 18, 2011.

Children eat cake made during a birthday party of former South African President Nelson Mandela at a community center near Nelson Mandela house in Qunu, South Africa. Photo: AP
Children eat cake made during a birthday party of former South African President Nelson Mandela at a community center near Nelson Mandela house in Qunu, South Africa. Photo: AP.

In 2009, his birthday was declared as an international day devoted to public service.
Millions South African schoolchildren sang to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 93rd birthday Monday, leading a worldwide chorus of birthday wishes sent to the anti-apartheid icon.
More than 12 million students sang a special version of “Happy Birthday” before lessons began Monday.
Mandela also received birthday wishes from South African leaders including President Jacob Zuma and from U.S. President Barack Obama. In a statement sent Sunday, Mr. Obama called Mr. Mandela “a beacon for the global community, and for all who work for democracy, justice and reconciliation.”
Mr. Mandela, who has retired from public life, is expected to spend the day with his family in his home village of Qunu, some 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) south of Johannesburg.



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