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Publié : 6 décembre 2013

R.I.P. Nelson Mandela

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Nelson Mandela was born in 1918. He was the symbol of the struggle* against* racial discrimination and segregation in South Africa (the Apartheid). He spent* 27 years in prison because of his political activities. He was released* from prison in 1990 and was awarded* the Nobel Peace Prize, along with F.W. De Klerk (the South African president) in 1993. In 1994 he became the first president of Democratic South Africa.
Here are some of his quotes* :

"Difficulties break* some men but make* others."
"For to be free is not merely* to cast off* one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances* the freedom of others."
"Education is the most powerful* weapon* which you can use to change the world."
"During my lifetime, I have dedicated myself to this struggle* of the African people. I have fought* against* white domination, I have fought* against* black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together* in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope* to live for and to achieve*. But if needs be*, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."

Rest In Peace* Madiba.

Vocabulaire : struggle : lutte ; against : contre ; spend (spent, spent) : passer ; release : relâcher ; award : récompenser ; quote : citation ; break (broke, broken) : casser ; make (made, made) : faire ; merely : simplement ; cast off : se défaire de ; enhance : améliorer ; powerful : puissant ; weapon : arme ; fight (fought, fought) : se battre, combattre ; together : ensemble ; hope : espérer ; achieve : atteindre ; if needs be : si besoin est ; Rest In Peace : repose en paix.