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All Four Botswana “Omicron” Variant Patients Were Fully Vaccinated

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on November 27, 2021

🔥 ተለዋጩ ‘Omicron’ ኮቪድ/ COVID ሙሉ በሙሉ በተከተቡ ሰዎች ውስጥ ብቻ ተገኝቷል🔥

💭 The WHO have given it a new name called “Omicron”.

Omicron COVID Variant Found ONLY in Fully Vaccinated

All four Botswana Omicron variant patients were fully vaccinated

The “Omicron” variant of COVID arrived just in time to ruin Christmas. (Who didn’t see this coming?) The variant with “more mutations than you shake a spike protein at” was first identified in Botswana and quickly became the most prevalent variant in South Africa. But before you succumb to “pandemic of the unvaccinated” nonsense, consider this:

From the President of Botswana, where the variant was first discovered:

The preliminary report revealed all four [patients] had been previously vaccinated for COVID-19.

👉 Here’s the letter:



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Covid Report Reveals Increase in Risk of Heart Attack Following The mRNA COVID Vaccine

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on November 26, 2021

💭 mRNA ኮቪድ ክትባትን ተከትሎ የልብ ህመም ስጋት መጨመሩን የኮቪድ ዘገባ ያሳያል

💭 YouTube has removed this video/ ቪዲዮውን ዩቲውብ አንስቶታል

💭 Vaccine ‘Dramatically’ Increases Heart Risk, Says New Study

EUROPE and much of the Western world is in upheaval as people take to the streets over Covid. Mainstream media reports depict these protests as a response to vaccine mandates and other losses of freedom. That is far from the whole story, however.

They are also driven by a profound loss of confidence in the quality of the science behind the vaccination drive. Numerous warnings on the dangers of the jabs (see for example here, here, here, here, here and here) and of deaths and injuries associated with it, have gone unexamined and unreported.

The latest red alert on the dangers comes from Dr Steven Gundry, a renowned American cardiac surgeon, now medical director of the International Heart and Lung Institute at Palm Springs, California.

For the past eight years, his group has monitored the heart health of patients using a clinically validated test that predicts their risk of suffering an acute coronary syndrome (ACS), such as heart attack or angina, within the following five years.

ACS is defined as a range of conditions associated with sudden loss of blood flow to the heart, often caused by a piece of plaque breaking away from a blood vessel wall, or formation of a blood clot in the heart’s arteries.

The test, called PULS (Protein Unstable Lesion Signature), gives a score based on changes from the norm of nine protein biomarkers, all linked to what is going on in heart tissue and blood vessel walls (epithelium).

When the score goes up, it is a signal to the doctors and patients of a need to take remedial steps. When it goes below the norm, it means the five-year risk is low.

In an abstract presented to a meeting of the American Heart Association, published this month in the association’s journal Circulation, Gundry reports that ‘dramatic changes in the PULS score became apparent in most patients’ after the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA Covid shots.

The test was conducted in 566 patients, aged 28 to 97, between two and ten weeks following their second jab. The result was compared to their previous PULS score, drawn three to five months pre-shot.

Markers for inflammation, cell death, and T-cell movement (indicating an immune response to coronary artery injury) all increased, resulting in the overall PULS score rising from an 11 per cent five-year ACS risk in these patients, to a 25 per cent risk.

The report notes that the changes were seen in most vaccinated patients. It adds: ‘These changes persist for at least two and a half months post second dose of vaccine.

‘We conclude that the mRNA vaccines dramatically increase inflammation of the endothelium and T-cell infiltration of cardiac muscle and may account for the observations of increased thrombosis, cardiomyopathy, and other vascular events following vaccination.’

Regulatory agencies in the US and UK have (belatedly) acknowledged that inflammation of the heart muscle and heart lining can occur after Covid vaccination, but say these adverse reactions are rare, and far outweighed by the known risks of Covid itself.

As of mid-November, however, 9,332 heart attacks had been reported in the wake of a Covid shot under America’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) – and according to a 2010 report, that might be one hundredth of the actual total because of medical reluctance to acknowledge vaccine harm.

Dr Gundry’s report, labelled formally as a warning to his American Heart Association colleagues, provides further evidence of a mechanism that may be putting millions at risk.

Commenting on the findings, medical blogger Dr Jesse Santiano points out that rupture of unstable coronary plaques, leading to a heart attack, is the most likely reason vaccinated athletes drop dead in the middle of a game.

He expresses the concern that the PULS cardiac score will get higher with booster shots, and will also risk long-term damage to the hearts of children and teenagers given the mRNA vaccines, even though their risk of death from Covid itself is minuscule.

He also points to a recent study covering all 16 states in Germany which found that the higher the vaccination rate in 2021, the higher the excess mortality compared to the previous five-year average.

Meanwhile, much of Africa has so far avoided large swathes of Covid deaths, despite fewer than six per cent of people being vaccinated. ‘Africa doesn’t have the vaccines and the resources to fight Covid-19 that they have in Europe and the US, but somehow they seem to be doing better,’ says Wafaa El-Sadr, chair of global health at Columbia University.

With governments around the world having been persuaded by Big Pharma, and lavishly-funded researchers, to go down the mass vaccination route as their primary response to the arrival of the genetically engineered SARS-COV-2, it will be hard to change course. But change they must – or the disaster we are already seeing promises to become a catastrophe.


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Fears Over “Worst Ever” COVID Variant as UK Bans Flights From Southern Africa

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on November 26, 2021

💭 የሳይንስ ሊቃውንት አዲሱ የኮሮና ቫይረስ ልዩነት ካዩት “ከፉ” እንደሆነ እያስጠነቀቁ ነው። የ ‘B.1.1.529’ልዩነት ሚውቴሽን አለው ይህም ማለት በቀድሞው የኮቪድ ኢንፌክሽን/ ተላላፊ ወረርሽኝ ወይም ክትባት የተገነባውን በሽታ የመከላከል አቅም ሊያመልጥ ይችላል። ሰዎችን “በኾቪድ ክትባት አጥምቆ”፤ አዲስ “ኮሮና” ሃይማኖትን እንዲቀበሉ ከማድረግ ሌላ ምንም ዋጋ አይኖረውም። መከተቡ ከንቱና አደገኛ ነበር ማለት ነው። ቸኩለው ለተከተቡት ሁሉ እጅግ በጣም አዝናለሁ። በሰዎች ላይ ተሳለቁ፣ ቀለዱ፣ ጨከኑ!😠😠😠 😢😢😢

ብሪታኒያ ከደቡብ አፍሪካ ከስድስት ሀገራት፤ ቦትስዋና ፣ ደቡብ አፍሪካ ፣ ናሚቢያ ፣ ዚምባብዌ ፣ ሌሶቶ እና ኢስዋቲኒ በረራዎችን ለጊዜው አግዳ በቀይ ዝርዝሩ ውስጥ ታስቀምጣቸዋልች ፥ ማለት ማንኛውም የሚመጡ መንገደኞች መገለል አለባቸው።

💭 Scientists are warning that a new Coronavirus variant is the “worst” they have seen. The B.1.1.529 variant has mutations which mean it may evade immunity built up by previous Covid infection or vaccination.

Cases have been detected in southern Africa and also in Hong Kong.

The UK is temporarily banning flights from six countries in southern Africa – Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Eswatini and placing them on its Red List – meaning any passengers who do arrive must quarantine.

በአክሱም ጽዮን ላይ፤ የሚካሄደው ዘመቻ ለመላው ዓለም ገና ብዙ መዘዝ ይዞ ይመጣል። ጽላተ ሙሴ ሥራውን ይሠራል!


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ዘመነ እሳት | ታሪካዊው የአህመድ ዲዳት መስጊድ በከፍተኛ እሳት ጋዬ

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on August 25, 2020

... 1881 .ም በደርባን ከተማ ፤ ደቡብ አፍሪቃ / Durban, South Africa የተመሰረተው ጁማ መስጊድበደቡቡ የዓለም ክፍል አንጋፋው እና ጥንታዊ የሚባለው መስጊድ ነው፡፡

በጣም የሚገርመው በመላው ዓለም ባሉ ሙስሊሞች ዘንድ፡ በኛዎቹም ዘንድ በጣም ተወዳጅ የነበረው የክርስቶስ ተቃዋሚውና የክርስቲያኖች ቀንደኛ ጠላት አህመድ ዲዳት በዚህ መስጊድ ውስጥ ነበር የዲያብሎስን ጡጦ ጠብቶ ያደገው፡፡ አህመድ ዲዳትም ከመሀመድ ጋር በገሃነም የቅጣትና የልቅሶ ቦታ በዘለዓለማዊ የእሳት ሐይቅ ውስጥ እየዋኙ ነው፡፡


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የኮሮና ውጤት | “ሁሉ ነገር በአላት”ደቡብ አፍሪካ የምግብ እጥረት ረብሻዎችንና ዘረፋዎችን ቀሰቀሰ

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on April 20, 2020

በኬፕታውን እና ጆሃንስበርግ ብዙ ሱቆች፣ መኖሪያ ቤቶችና መኪናዎች ተዘርፈዋል።


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የዶ/ር አብዮት ቸርች ጣራ ተደርምሶ ፲፫ ሰዎች ሕይወታቸውን አጡ

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on April 19, 2019

በደቡብ አፍሪቃዋ ክዋዙሉ ናታል ለ ፈረንጆቹ የስቅለት ዕለት አንድ የጴንጤ ቸርች ውስጥ ከነበሩት ሰዎች መካከል አሥራ ሦስቱ ሲሞቱ ሌሎች ክፉኛ ቆስለዋል። የቸርቹን ጣራ ያልተጠበቀ ኃይለኛ ዝናብ ነበር የደረመሰው። ነፍሳቸውን ይማርላቸው!

ዘመነ ዶ/ር አብዮት | የኢትዮጵያ አየር መንገድ አውሮፕላን ወደ ጴንጤ ቸርች ተለወጠ”

የሚለው ቪዲዮ ካሳየን ሁኔታ ጋር የሚያገናኘው ነገር ይኖራል፤ አውሮፕላኑ ከ ኪንሻሳ ተነስቶ ወደ አዲስ አበባ ሲበር የነበረው አውሮፕላን ውስጥ የሆነ መንፈስ ይታያል ታዲያ ይህ መንፈስ በእዚህ የደቡብ አፍሪቃ ቸርች ላይ ከዝናብ ጋር ወርዶ ይሆን? KwaZulu-Natal – Kinishasa (KK)


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አስደንጋጭ አዲስ መረጃ | የአሜሪካ እና የእንግሊዝ የስለላ ተቋማት በጥቁር አፍሪቃውያን ላይ “ኤድስ” አሰራጭተዋል

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on January 29, 2019

የቀድሞው የተባብሩት መንግሥታት ዋና ፀሐፊን፤ የስዊድናዊውን ዲፕሎማት ሃመርስጆልድ አሟሟት አስመልክቶ አንድ በዴንማርካዊ ፊልም ሠሪ የተሠራ ጥናታዊ ፊልም በ “ሳንዳንስ ፊልም ፊስቲቫል” ላይ ባለፈው ቅዳሜ ቀርቧል።

በዚህ Cold Case Hammarskjold,’ በተሰኘው ፊልም፤ እ..አ በ 1961 .ም የተባበሩት መንግሥታት ዋና ፀሐፊን የገደሉት በእንግሊዝና አሜሪካ የስለላ ድርጅቶች የሚደገፉት ነጭ የደቡብ አፍሪቃ ቅጥረኞች እንደነበሩ ተጠቁሟል።

በዚህ አያበቃም፤ ከእነዚህ እርኩስ ቅጥረኞች ያፈነገጠው ግለሰብ አሁን በተጨማሪ እንደጠቆመው ከሆነ እነዚሁ የሲ.አይ.ኤና አባሮቹ ቅጥረኞች የደቡብ አፍሪቃን ጥቁር ሕዝቦች ለመጨረስ ኤች.አይ.ቪ ቫይረስ የሚያሰራጭ መርፌ ሆንብለው ይወጓቸው ነበር።

በእነዚህ ሉሲፈራውያን እየተሠራ ያለው ሥራ ለጆሮ የሚቀፍ ነው፤ ህሊና ላለው ተቀባይነት የማይኖረው ዲያብሎሳዊ ተግባር ነው። በአገራችንም እህቶቻችንን እና ሕፃናቶቻችንን በመከተብና በመመረዝ ላይ ናቸው።

እስኪ ይታየን፤ ሰው አገር ሄደው፣ እነርሱ አምላክ ሆነው በእግዚአብሔር አምሳያ የተፈጠርውን ፍጥረት ለማጥፋት ይህን ያህል ሲተጉ፤ ምን ዓየነት እርኩሶች ቢሆኑ ነው እነ ሲ.አይ.. ኤፍ..አይ እና ኤም.አይ.ፋይቭ????!!! ልክ እንደ መሀመዳውያኑ፡ ይህች ዓለም ለእነርሱ ብቻ ናት፤ ብቻቸውን ሊኖሩባት ይሻሉ።

የፍትሕ ጩኸት ጽዋ በእግዚአብሔር ፊት ሞልቶ ፈሷል፤ ሁሉን ነገር አንድ በአንድ በቪዲዮው የሚቀዳው የአብርሃም፣ ይስሃቅና፣ ያዕቆብ አምላክ ፈጥኖ ለውርደት ያብቃቸው። ይኽ ሰይጣናዊ እኩይነት፣ በእግዚአብሔር ላይ የታወጀ፣ ሆኖም ሊያሸንፉት የማይችሉት ጦርነት ነው። እግዚአብሔር አይቻለሁ ብሎ በፍርድ ተንስቷል!

[የዮሐንስ ራእይ ምዕራፍ ፳፩፥፰]

ዳሩ ግን የሚፈሩና የማያምኑ የርኵሳንም የነፍሰ ገዳዮችም የሴሰኛዎችም የአስማተኛዎችም ጣዖትንም የሚያመልኩ የሐሰተኛዎችም ሁሉ ዕድላቸው በዲንና በእሳት በሚቃጠል ባሕር ነው፤ ይኸውም ሁለተኛው ሞት ነው

[ትንቢተ ኢሳይያስ ምዕራፍ ፲፥፩፤፪]

መበለቶችም ቅሚያቸው እንዲሆኑ፥ ድሀ አደጎችንም ብዝበዛቸው እንዲያደርጉ፥ የድሀውን ፍርድ ያጣምሙ ዘንድ፥ የችግረኛውንም ሕዝቤን ፍርድ ያጐድሉ ዘንድ የግፍን ትእዛዛት ለሚያዝዙ፥ ክፉንም ጽሕፈት ለሚጽፉ ወዮላቸው!

CIA-backed’ Mercenaries Spread HIV in S. Africa, ex-Member Claims

A Sundance documentary ostensibly about the 1961 plane crash which killed then UN Secretary-General, Dag Hammarskjold, contains explosive claims of a conspiracy to spread HIV among South Africa’s black population.

Directed by controversial Danish journalist, filmmaker, and provocateur Mads Brügger, ‘Cold Case Hammarskjold,’ debuted Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival.

It details an investigation into the largely unsolved death of Swedish diplomat and former UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold, whose DC-6 plane crashed near Ndola, Northern Rhodesia (modern Zambia). Initial investigations identified the cause as pilot error or mere mechanical fault, though doubts have persisted in the 50+ years since the crash.

Throughout the course of the new documentary, Brügger and his team investigate a white militia, the South African Institute for Maritime Research (SAIMR). According to documents the filmmakers uncovered, the group operated with support from the CIA and British Intelligence and orchestrated the 1961 plane crash which killed Hammarskjold. The documentarians eventually encounter and interview a man named Alexander Jones who is allegedly a former member of the group.

Jones, who is not related to Alex Jones of InfoWars, claims the mercenary group used phony vaccinations to spread HIV with a view to wiping out the black population of South Africa, in addition to carrying out the Hammarskjold assassination.

We were at war,” Jones says, as cited by The New York Times. “Black people in South Africa were the enemy.”

However, medical experts have already dismissed Jones’ claims as medically dubious and unscientific in the extreme.

The probability that they were able to do this is close to zero,” said Dr. Salim S Abdool Karim, the director of Caprisa, an AIDS research center in South Africa, citing the immense resources that would be required to conduct such a far-fetched attempt at genocide.

Notwithstanding the technological limitations of the 1990s, including facilities to rival that of the Centers for disease control and prevention in the US in addition to millions of dollars in funding, HIV is extraordinarily difficult to isolate, transport and grow in a laboratory environment, let alone distribute en masse in a clandestine operation, Dr Abdool explains.

However, Jones claims he visited a research facility in the 1990s that was used for “for sinister experimentation” and that he was certain its intent was“to eradicate black people.”

Many have criticized the filmmakers for helping to sow distrust of the medical establishment in a country that already has one of the highest HIV infection rates in the world while reviving dangerous conspiracy theories that have persisted since the Cold War.

The filmmaker, who has previously been described as a ‘fabulist’ and ‘provocateur’, according to the Hollywood Reporter, admits he has been unable to corroborate Jones’ ever-evolving story; As the documentary makers continued to question Jones, his accounts became more and more dubious as he professed firsthand knowledge of people that had seemingly been brought to his attention by the documentarians themselves.



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አንበሳው ንጉሥ አረመኔ አውራሪስ አዳኞችን በላቸው

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on July 7, 2018

ቢያንስ ሦስት የአውራሪስ ቀንድ አራጆች መበላታቸውን የደቡብ አፍሪቃዋ ሲቡያ የአራዊት ተፈጥሮ ፓርክ አስተዳዳሪዎች ተናግረዋል፤ ከጫማቸው፣ ባርኔጣቸውና ጠመንጃቸው በቀር የተረፈ አካላቸው አልተገኘም።

ከዕለታት አንድ ቀን፡ አንድ “እግዚአብሔር የለም” የሚል ዒአማኒ ነጭ እንዲሁ አንበሶች ወደሚገኙበት ቦታ ለአደን ሄዶ ሳለ ጥይቱ አለቀበት፤ ከዛም ከአንድ አንበሳ ለማምለጥ መሮጥ እንደጀመረ በመሃል ደከመውና በርከክ ብሎ፦

እንደው አምላክ የምትባል ካለህ፡ አምላክነትህን አሁን አሳየኝና ይህን የሚከተለኝን አንበሳ ክርስቲያን አድርግልኝ!ብሎ ጸለየ።

አንበሳውም ወደ ሰውዬው ጠጋ አለና፦

አቤቱ እኔን የፈጠርክ ቸሩ እግዚአብሔር ሆይ፡ የዕለት እንጀራዬን ስለሰጠኽኝ ምስጋና ይገባሃል፤ አሁን የቀረበልኝን ማዕድ ባርክልኝ፤ በስመ አብ ወወልድ ወመንፈስ ቅዱስ!አለና ከሃዲውን እያጣጣማ በላው።


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Nelson Mandela And Ethiopia

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on December 7, 2013


Nelson Mandela

  • Nelson Mandela wrote in his autobiography, “Ethiopia always has a special place in my imagination and the prospect of visiting Ethiopia attracted me more strongly than a trip to France, England, and America combined. I felt I would be visiting my own genesis, unearthing the roots of what made me an African.”
  • During his period in exile, Nelson Mandela spent time in Ethiopia in 1962, where he received military training and where he addressed the Organization of African Unity. It was shortly after leaving Ethiopia to South Africa that he was arrested, and served 27 years in prison.
  • Would you like to stay in the same room where Nelson Mandela once slept in? Travel no further than the Ras Hotel in downtown Addis Ababa.
  • During his stay in Ethiopia, Nelson Mandela received an Ethiopian passportNelsonEthioIDunder the alias name ‘David Motsamayi.’
  • Nelson Mandela has received a Bulgarian-made handgun from the Ethiopian Colonel General Tadesse Biru in 1962. It was reportedly buried in South Africa and much effort is being made to find it. If found, it could be worth over USD two million.
  • According to an interview with Time Magazine editor Richard Stengel, Nelson Mandela met and spoke to Ethiopian Emperor Haile Silassie I. On one occasion Mandela was quoted saying, “I explained to him very briefly what was happening in South Africa…He was seated on his chair, listening like a log…not nodding, just immovable, you know, like a statue…”
  • Following his release in February 1990, Nelson Mandela returned to Ethiopia in July 1990, as part of his worldwide tour, timed for the opening of the OAU summit. The Washington TIMES reported that, “the Organization of African Unity opened its annual summit here yesterday by giving anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela a hero’s reception.”
  • Nelson Mandela often associates the significance of Ethiopia and Ethiopianism as the inspiration for the formation of his political party the African National Congress(ANC). In December 1992 at the Free Ethiopian Church of South Africa, he was quoted saying, “Fundamental tenets of the Ethiopian Movement were self-worth, self-reliance and freedom. These tenets drew the advocates of Ethiopianism, like a magnet, to the growing political movement. That political movement was to culminate in the formation of the ANC in 1912. It is in this sense that we in the ANC trace the seeds of the formation of our organization to the Ethiopian Movement of the 1890s.”
  • It was noted that during the second annual International Nelson Mandela Day in 2011, 2,300 trees were planted around Addis Ababa in Mandela’s honor, according to Ms. Clara Keisuetter, Charge de Affair of the South Africa Embassy in Ethiopia.
  • The legacy of Nelson Mandela will continue to remain in Ethiopia. Today in Addis Ababa, there is a distance education college named after Mandela,a center in Addis Ababa University in his honour and a school in Arba Minch named after him.


Nelson Mandela traveled to Ethiopia for the very first time in 1962, when he came to attend the OAU summit. In his bestselling Autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom Mandela explains his first Flight experience to Ethiopia as folows:

We put down briefly in Khartoum, where we changed to an Ethiopian Airways flight to Addis. Here I experienced a rather strange sensation. As I was boarding the plane I saw that the pilot was black. I had never seen a black pilot before, and the instant I did I had to quell my panic. How could a black man fly an airplane? But a moment later I caught myself: I had fallen into the apartheid mind-set, thinking Africans were inferior and that flying was a white man’s job. I sat back in my seat, and chided myself for such thoughts. Once we were in the air, I lost my nervousness and studied the geography of Ethiopia, thinking how guerrilla forces hid in these very forests to fight the Italian imperialists.

Nelson Mandela and ‘The Foundations of One’s Spiritual Life’

Nelson Mandela’s role in ending a deeply rooted system of forced segregation without violence or civil war made him one of few living figures with the moral stature of a Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi.

Mandela’s interior thoughts during his 27 years in prison have only recently come to light. Honesty, humility, a readiness to serve others, he said, were ‘qualities within easy reach of every soul.’

Nelson Mandela’s role in ending a deeply rooted system of forced segregation without violence or civil war made him one of few living figures with the moral stature of a Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi.

Now he belongs to the ages.ColombiaMandela

His middle name means “troublemaker,” and in the 1960s Mandela was branded a terrorist. But at the end of his life he was revered globally by rich and poor, leftists and rightists, presidents and laborers, blacks and whites. In a skeptical age, Mandela was a hero for people who didn’t have heroes.

The arc of his 95-year life was extraordinary, even as many of its most crucial spiritual awakenings appear now to have taken place during long years in prison.

His life reads like an endless series of firsts: the first in his family to go to school, the first black man to open a law firm in South Africa, the nation’s first black president.

For many of us, Mandela arrived on the world stage in 1990 as history turned a corner no one could imagine: China was asking itself about democracy in the tragedy of Tiananmen Square. The Soviet Union was falling like a series of dominoes, shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall. In South Africa, decades of apartheid were ending.

It was a time of miracles, rainbows, unseen hopes, and new fears. Even though it all arrived together, no one predicted it.

Mandela emerged from prison with a smile like perpetual summer and a light touch. He seemed filled with history and humility, and he waved to the world just as video and celebrity culture were hitting a peak. He bespoke the globalizing times – was a reconciler and statesman who articulated racial equality in a way that penetrated to the heart.

I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people,” he said. “Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands.”

Before that moment, the last time we had heard from Mandela was the year after Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial. It was 1964: Mandela was in the dock, on trial, facing a death sentence, saying, “I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. It is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.

Then he disappeared, and in many ways had died to the world.

During the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s, he sat in Robben Island prison; it might as well have been the dark side of the moon. Those years had little silver lining: no flowers, meetings with world leaders, plaudits, cameras, attention. No one expected the Soviet Union to collapse, for China to become the workshop of the world, or for a black man named after Britain’s Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson to help peaceably end apartheid.

Only recently has Mandela’s thinking at this time come to light. His many public speeches are known. But his interior self during the depths of prison have not been. Yet they bespeak a man who found the strength not to hate, and who, while savvy to the world, also had a separate “spiritual life.”

In 1975, he could write:

Honesty, sincerity, simplicity, humility, pure generosity, absence of vanity, readiness to serve others – qualities which are within easy reach of every soul – are the foundations of one’s spiritual life.

Development in matters of this nature is inconceivable without serious introspection, without knowing yourself, your weaknesses and mistakes. At least, if for nothing else, the cell gives you the opportunity to look daily into your entire conduct, to overcome the bad and develop whatever is good in you. Regular meditation, say about 15 minutes a day before you turn in, can be very fruitful in this regard. You may find it difficult at first to pinpoint the negative features in your life, but the 10th  attempt may yield rich rewards. Never forget that a saint is a sinner who keeps on trying.

That letter (which is included in his book “Conversations with Myself,” was sent to his then-wife, Winnie Mandela, who had just been incarcerated in Kroonstad Prison. At the time, many of Mandela’s friends were being arrested, beaten, killed. The warden of Robben Island took to urinating in the cells of inmates.

Yet Mandela does not talk about malice or feelings of revenge, at least in the letters. He takes a wholly different line:

The cell is an ideal place to learn to know yourself, to search realistically and regularly the process of your own mind and feelings. In judging our progress as individuals we tend to concentrate on external factors such as one’s social position, influence and popularity, wealth and standard of education. These are, of course, important in measuring one’s success in MetroMandelamaterial matters and it is perfectly understandable if many people exert themselves mainly to achieve all these. But internal factors may be even more crucial in assessing one’s development as a human being.

The potent fears of a bloody civil or racial war in South Africa never materialized. Apartheid at the time had come under terrific opprobrium in much of the world. It is probably going too far to say Mandela preached the idea of Martin Luther King Jr. in the segregated American South, of a love for the oppressor so serious that it loved in order to wipe away the self-harm done to them who act out of hatred.

But Mandela’s idea certainly was to reconcile differences on the basis of nonviolence, and to honor the other:

I detest white supremacy and will fight it with every weapon in my hands. But even when the clash between you and me has taken the most extreme forms, I should like us to fight over our principles and ideas and without personal hatred, so that at the end of the battle, whatever the result might be, I can proudly shake hands with you, because I feel I have fought an upright and worthy opponent who has observed the whole code of honor and decency.

What distance the man born in 1918 had come. In a fragment of his unfinished autobiography that appears in “Conversations,” he remembers his early days with some ruefulness:

As a young man I … combined all the weaknesses, errors and indiscretions of a country boy, whose range of vision and experience was influenced mainly by events in the area in which I grew up and the colleges to which I was sent. I relied on arrogance in order to hide my weaknesses. As an adult my comrades raised me and other fellow prisoners … from obscurity … although the aura of being one of the world’s longest serving prisoners never totally evaporated. One issue that deeply worried me in prison was the false image that I unwittingly projected to the outside world of being regarded as a saint. I never was one….

Yet something remarkable develops in the self-described young black man, who joins the Methodist Church, and does have an interest in the Bible.

From prison, Mandela describes to his wife a novel he read in 1964 called “Shadows of Nazareth.” It is about the trial of Christ Jesus. The narrative voice in the novel is that of Pontius Pilate, the Roman procurator who is asked by the Sanhedrin to judge Jesus.

Mandela, who in 1964 had just been recently sentenced in court, writes that though the trial of Jesus “occurred about 2000 years ago, the story contains a moral whose truth is universal and which is as fresh and meaningful today as it was at the height of the Roman Empire.”

He goes on, reciting from memory, and actually adopts the voice of Pilate in the first person, as he remembers it:

But this trial [of] Christ I shall never forget!

I looked at the prisoner and our eyes met. In the midst of all the excitement and noise, he remained perfectly calm, quiet and confident as if he had millions of people on his side…. Christ had become a mighty force in the land and the mass[es] of the people were fully behind him. In this situation the priests felt powerless…

Mandela describes how Pilate agreed to judge Jesus, then offered the public a choice that freed not Jesus but the zealot Barabbas, and then how he, Pilate, finally ordered Jesus brought into the Roman court:

For the first time in my experience, I faced a man whose eyes appeared to see right through me, whereas I was unable to fathom him. Written across his face was a gleam of love and hope; but at the same time he bore the expression of one who was deeply pained by the folly and suffering of mankind as a whole.

He gazed upwards and his eyes seemed to pierce through the roof and to see right beyond the stars. It became clear that in that courtroom authority was not in me as a judge, but was down below in the dock where the prisoner was.


Nelson Mandela: 12 letters from the desk of a freedom fighter

Here is How Newspapers Around the World Remembered Nelson Mandela


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The Malnourished Sudanese Baby and The Vulture

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on February 21, 2013

South Africa is in the air, these days. Two weeks ago, when the South African athlete, Oscar Pistorius was jailed for involving himself in a shooting incident against his girl friend, everyone here in the West was talking about the degree of crime among the black population of the country, and that Oscar could only have ‘reacted’ to defend himself from an intruder, who, of course, must be “damn black” burglars. Now, over night, what we hear is a different story, it was murder — namely, Pistorius murdered his girl friend, and the color of his skin is irrelevant.

DepopulationI never forget those sad days back in the 199os when I saw for the first time this horrific and haunting picture. There was no Internet back then, so the image got relatively little attention, yet, the picture captivated the Internet-absent world back in 1993.

The picture was shot by Kevin Carter, a South African photographer who won a Pulitzer Prize (arguably the world’s most famous and prestigious award for journalists) in 1994 for his most hated picture.

Carter’s photograph was of a young child in the Sudan, who was trying to get to a feeding center. But, as it was then reported, before she could get there, she collapsed in hunger. A vulture is in the background, waiting for the child to die.

This haunting photo came to represent the horror of the man-made famine in Southern Sudan which the world ignored for 40 years because South Sudanese are mostly Christians. Up to three million South Sudanese perished. The attention of the ignorant world was more evident when the arabized administration of Khartoum begun massacring its own “black” Muslim populations in the Darfur region of the Sudan.

Since South Sudan gained independence in 2011, the climate in Sudan has even been more hostile towards Christians. In the past two weeks, Sudanese authorities have detained over 55 Christians, following a media campaign against Christianity and the closing of Christian schools in Sudan, which is sometimes called North Sudan.

Coming back to the picture, in 1993, it made the front page of The New York Times and quickly became the symbol of Sudan’s plight, fueling public outrage over the famine ravaging the country.

Carter’s photograph emphasizes the power of the image, and of those who wield it. With this simple photograph, multiple emotions were evoked from those who saw it: horror at the fate of the people in the Sudan; anger at how people can still die of hunger at a time when excess and consumption have become the fashion; awareness of what was happening in the other parts of the world; a need to reach out and help.

The photograph affected the photographer too. Some two months after winning the Pulitzer Prize in May 1994, Kevin Carter committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. He was 33.

Everyone wanted to talk to the South African snapper about the little girl captured in such a powerful image.

Carter responds he’d chased the vulture away and then sat under a tree and wept. Of the story after that picture was taken, that’s the only part he claims to know.

The Truth about the malnourished baby and the vulture

Two years ago, the Spanish daily, El Mundo went down to South Africa to make a research on the subject, and came back with the following, rather surprising, report.

In 2011 The Spanish newspaper ‘El Mundo’ wrote an article about the truth, the real story behind the photograph. It showed that if one observes the high resolution picture, it can be seen that the baby, whose name was Kong Nyong, is wearing a plastic bracelet on his right hand, one issued by the UN food station. On inspecting it, the code ‘T3′ can be read, This means that the baby had survived the famine, the vulture and the tragic public promotions and predictions.

El Mundo’s’ reporter, Ayod, traveled to the village in search of the whereabouts of the child. His search led him to the boy’s family. The boy’s father confirmed his name and said he was a boy and not a girl as previously believed. He told the reporter that Kong Nyong recovered from the famine and grew up to become an adult, however, he said, he had died four years prior to the reporter’s visit.


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