Ecuador and the world remembers Mandela as an example of forgiveness
The whole world mourns after the death of Nelson Mandela, historical figure considered a worldwide symbol of the fight for human rights. Latin America set aside political or economic struggles and joined in a single prayer to remember this timeless hero, who throughout his life fought steadily against racial discrimination and oppression, and that after 27 years in prison won in 1994 the presidency of South Africa.
Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa reminded the South African leader as an example of forgiveness and inclusion. He announced that it would be inaugurated a photo exhibition in Quito about the life and work of Mandela next week.
“He was a great example, a great man, a friend of humanity. Never forget his struggle against apartheid,” said Ricardo Patiño, Chancellor of Ecuador. “We have him as an extraordinary example of struggle, sacrifice and a vision of a different humanity,” he said.
Other left-political leaders as Dilma Rousseff, president of Brazil, were touched with the departure of “Madiba” and inspired to continue his legacy. In a statement, Rousseff said that “the government and the Brazilian people revere before the memory of Nelson Mandela (…) The example of this great leader will guide all those who fight for social justice and peace in the world.”
In Venezuela, the socialist president Nicolas Maduro announced three days of national mourning. “Today we lost another Giant of the Peoples of the World, Madiba live Forever!” published Maduro in his Twitter account @NicolasMaduro.
Raul Castro, President of Cuba, reminded Mandela as a fighter against injustice. “We profess him deep respect and admiration, not only for what he did for his people, but for their friendship shown to our country,” announced by an official statement.
In Argentina, Cristina Fernández, in a message recalling her visit to Mandela in 1998. “Today, the emptiness and sadness that his departure leaves us must be overcome , making his legacy our own struggle for democracy and human rights ( … )”