Miles To Go Before He Sleeps: Happy 95th Madiba!

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His work here is not yet done. Happy 95th Birthday Nelson Mandela! God Bless You.

Nelson Mandela’s condition steadily improves as he marks today, July 18th, his 95th birthday.

Mandela was taken to a hospital on June 8 for treatment for a recurring lung infection. In previous announcements, the government said he was in critical but stable condition. Court documents filed by Mandela’s family earlier this month had said Mandela was on life support and near death.

“Madiba remains in hospital in Pretoria but his doctors have confirmed that his health is steadily improving,” said a statement from President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, referring to Mandela by his popular clan name.

Mandela is making “remarkable progress,” said one of his daughters, Zindzi, after tense weeks in which some South Africans talked about the possibility that Mandela was on the verge of dying. “We look forward to having him back at home soon.” the South African Press Association quoted her as saying.

The U.N has declared July 18th as Nelson Mandela International Day in recognition of the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s struggle to end Apartheid. A procession was held in India to honor him and in Washington, U.S. congressional leaders plan a ceremony later today.

This date also marks the 15th wedding anniversary of Mr. Mandela and Graca Machel, the former First Lady of Mozambique who has spent much of the time at her husband’s side during his illness.

(Also Happy Birthday to my Sister Gina!. You’re both in good company).

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Amy Conton is a freelance writer and graphic designer living in New York, USA.

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