Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: World Mourns Mandela's Death, but Hope Remains

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: World Mourns Mandela's Death, but Hope Remains

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Editorial Exchange: World mourns Mandela's death, but hope remains

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An editorial from the Charlottetown Guardian, published Dec. 7:

As South Africans mourn the passing of Nelson Mandela, the world joins them in their grief at the loss of this towering icon of peace and justice. In life, he walked with that rare authority marked by humility, and this allowed him to heal a nation and teach the world the meaning of reconciliation. In death, he leaves us with both the hope and the challenge of building a more peaceful world.

Like no one else in recent generations, he proved it could be done.

To say the 95-year-old beloved statesman - who passed away Thursday after succumbing to recurring lung infection - lived an extraordinary life would be an understatement. Imprisoned as young man for challenging the injustices of the apartheid system, Mr. Mandela managed to inspire even though he was physically out of the public eye. He became the symbol of change, a beacon of confidence in a new and fairer future for black South Africans, and it was his plight that rallied a worldwide protest against the apartheid system. This momentum ultimately led to his release in 1990 and paved the way for the beginning of a new multi-racial democracy in South Africa.

In spite of Mr. Mandela's astonishing and inspiring personal story of survival during his 27 years of imprisonment, it's arguable that his most lasting achievement occurred after his release. A country that could have been further divided and even destroyed by racial tensions was able to take a new direction, thanks to the example and leadership of Mr. …

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