Celebrating Two Lives

Arthur Brown, from IMES in Beirut brings his tribute to Nelson Mandela.

The Institute of Middle East Studies

By Arthur Brown

Today has brought with it a mix of emotions for me. As the father of an African-Lebanese little boy who celebrates his first birthday today there is joy. Jonathan, who we are in the process of adopting, came into our lives eight months ago and has transformed me and my family. However as I woke up to the news that one of my other hero’s died last night, my heart grieved for the loss of a man who has inspired countless members of our human race towards the search for peace, justice and reconciliation.

Nelson Mandela – or Madiba as he was known in South Africa – truly was a global leader who brought people together. Perhaps what separated him from the rest of the world’s political leaders – and most of us for that matter – was his capacity to forgive.  Along with this was his…

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Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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