Nelson Mandela: Reflections on a Life Well-Lived

December 6, 2013

"This week I join the world in mourning the loss of Nelson Mandela, a man who served as the conscience of the world, a job he never sought. He made the transition from revolutionary to statesman seem natural with an amazing combination of strength and grace. Mandela changed the course of history for his nation and for the world, with deeds both large and small, too numerous to mention. For him, injustice and inequality anywhere required our attention -- and actions. At home, he championed policies supporting women and children, enhancing access to education, health care, clean water, and more. And in retirement, his Nelson Mandela Foundation, fought to combat HIV/AIDS, promote rural development and school construction, and eradicate poverty. Globally, he pressed an agenda to eradicate poverty and hunger everywhere. Some years ago, Action Against Hunger honored Mandela with our Humanitarian Award. We could think of no individual who better personified the mission we work towards every day, saving the lives of malnourished children and unlocking their future potential..."