Friday, July 18, 2008
MANDELLA'S BIRTHDAY MESSAGE
QUNU, South Africa - Nelson Mandela celebrated his 90th birthday Friday
In an interview at his home in rural southeastern South Africa, the anti-apartheid icon was asked if he had a message for the world.
"There are many people in South Africa who are rich and who can share those riches with those not so fortunate who have not been able to conquer poverty," Mandela said.
Mandela said he was fortunate to have reached 90, but in the countryside and in the towns "poverty has gripped our people.
"If you are poor, you are not likely to live long," he said.
Mandela was imprisoned for nearly three decades for his fight against apartheid.