35 Powerful Facts About Worldwide Peacemaker, Nelson Mandela
35 Powerful Facts About Worldwide Peacemaker, Nelson Mandela

35 Powerful Facts About Worldwide Peacemaker, Nelson Mandela

Trista - April 7, 2019

35 Powerful Facts About Worldwide Peacemaker, Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela saluting in front of the flag. Wild Earth.

2. Mandela Helped Mediate the Civil War in Burundi

The entire continent of Africa has faced immense challenges resulting from colonization and the transition to national governments within newly-formed states. Burundi had been engaged in an ethnic conflict since 1993; wanting South Africa to be a model for the rest of the continent, he helped broker a peace settlement between the warring Hutus and Tutsis.

35 Powerful Facts About Worldwide Peacemaker, Nelson Mandela
Flowers left at the Nelson Mandela’s statue in London’s Parliament Square. John Pannell – Flickr: Nelson Mandela tributes in Parliament Square / Wikimedia Commons.

1. He Worked for Human Rights Across Africa

Today, Nelson Mandela is more than a hero for South Africans. He represents an entire movement of peacebuilding and reconciliation for African countries struggling to find their way in a postcolonial war. Mandela used soft diplomacy to address human rights violations by military juntas and tried to mediate an agreement to end the ongoing conflict in the Congo. Though much remains to be done, he set an example that the rest of the continent, and the world, should follow.

 

Where Did We Find This Stuff? Here Are our Sources:

“Nelson Mandela.” Wikipedia.

“African National Congress.” Wikipedia.

“South Africa.” Wikipedia.

“Nelson Mandela – Civil Rights Activist & President Of South Africa” (documentary). Biography.com.

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