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The Airing of Grievances
Thursday, January 06, 2005
 
Makgatho Mandela R.I.P.
Nelson Mandela's eldest and only surviving son passed away earlier today. In a move that his poltical adversaries called "a courageous step", Mandela publically announced that his son's death was AIDS related. From his statement:
"Let us give publicity to HIV/AIDS and not hide it, because the only way to make it appear like a normal illness like TB, like cancer, is always to come out and to say somebody has died because of HIV. And people will stop regarding it as something extraordinary," said a frail-looking Mandela, surrounded by his grandchildren and other family members.
As Cozmo noted, "the problem of the perception of AIDS in Africa cannot be underestimated." In the wake of his son's death, Mandela is furthering the struggle to change that perception. Once again, he's taken his personal tragedy and pain and tried to use it to create positive societal change. A truly amazing man. AofG thoughts go out to his family and loved ones.
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