Nelson Mandela statue in Ramallah

After it’s unveiling, the bronze statue of Nelson Mandela stood tall in the afternoon light 

A gift from the Johannesburg municipality to the people of Ramallah in Palestine, this statue symbolises the solidarity with their struggle. 

Being one of the very few South Africans there to witness this event was truly a special moment. I couldn’t help but proudly sing as our national anthem played.

Coming from a country that has achieved huge milestones to alleviate racial tensions and segregation but still experiences many difficulties years after freedom from apartheid rule meant that the ceremony really struck a chord within me…

I was hoping deep within me that if only the legacy and message of freedom from hatred, and forgiveness of your ‘enemy’, could be more of a reality within the current Israel and Arab conflict.