World Reacts With Sorrow To News Of Nelson Mandela’s Death

Nelson Mandela was an international hero and an inspiration to nonviolent movements worldwide.

1. As news spread of Nelson Mandela’s death, there was an immediate outpouring from around the world for the famed civil rights and nonviolence activist.

2. Just moments after the news was announced, Mandela and Madiba (his South African nickname) were immediately trending on twitter.

4. Political figures from around the world chimed in with their condolences.

5. U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron:

6. The United Nations:

Ban Ki-moon on #Mandela: I will never forget his selflessness and deep sense of shared purpose.

— UN (@United Nations)

7. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper:

All of Canada mourns with the family of Nelson Mandela and the citizens of South Africa. The world has lost one of its great moral leaders.

— pmharper (@Stephen Harper)

8. Former Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard:

The world has lost a great man. As we grieve for Nelson Mandela we should also celebrate his tremendous victory over prejudice and hate. JG

— JuliaGillard (@Julia Gillard)

9. Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council:

Nelson #Mandela - one of the greatest political figures of our times. Let's honour his memory by collective commitment to democracy

— euHvR (@Herman Van Rompuy)

10. Queen Noor of Jordan:

Rest in Peace dearest Mandiba #NelsonMandela

— QueenNoor (@Noor Al Hussein)

11. Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete:

The world has lost one of its greatest citizens. A voice of courage, a source of inspiration and a beloved leader to us all. #Mandela

— jmkikwete (@Jakaya Kikwete)

12. Ghana President John Dramani Mahama:

Nelson #Mandela served his nation n Africa well. We have lost an icon in the liberation struggle n an illustrious son of our continent.

— JDMahama (@John Dramani Mahama)

13. Former South African President F. W. de Klerk:

"I always respected him and I always liked him as a person," F.W. de Klerk, the last president of apartheid-era South Africa on CNN

— AfricaChannelTV (@The Africa Channel)

14. Rwandan President Paul Kagame:

Madiba- President (1st,post-apartheid SA) passes on-but what is certain he will continue to live in the hearts of many of us # rest in peace

— PaulKagame (@Paul Kagame)

15. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff: “The fight of #Mandela became a paradigm for all those who struggle for justice, freedom and equality.”

O combate de #Mandela transformou-se em um paradigma para todos aqueles que lutam pela justi๺, pela liberdade e pela igualdade.

— dilmabr (@Dilma Rousseff)

16. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford:

We join the people of South Africa in mourning the loss of Nelson Mandela, a true leader and advocate for freedom and democracy.

— TOMayorFord (@Mayor Rob Ford)

17. There were also some controversial responses, like from embattled Syrian President Bashar Al Assad.

#Syria presidency eulogizing #Mandela as "inspiration for oppressed people" around the world

— samdagher (@Sam Dagher)

18. Others expressed hope over what Mandela’s spirit could still inspire.

We need a Syrian, a Palestinian, an Israeli, an Iranian, an Iraqi, an Egyptian, a Lebanese, a Bahraini, a Yemeni #Mandela

— Doylech (@Chris Doyle)

Mandela inspired millions of people to fight for equal rights.He fought hard to show world that all deserved to have access to decent life

— EgyptWomen2011 (@Egyptian Women)

Thank you #NelsonMandela for all you did, and for inspiring so many of the activists who sit in prisons today, attempting the same struggle

— MARYAMALKHAWAJA (@Maryam Alkhawaja)

@NelsonMandela was considered a terrorist, then an icon. His consistency and support for the oppressed was respectable.Prayers

— TariqRamadan (@Tariq Ramadan)

Wherever we are in the world let us recall the values for which #Madiba fought. #mandela

— Drieman3 (@Cobus Visagie)

23. In Mandela style, others questioned their leader’s responses.

Four months ago, Egyptian FM blasted South Africa's 'attempt to export it's failed reconciliation process', today they mourn Mandela. #Egypt

— GalalAmrG (@Galal)

"We had our philosophical differences but we regret his departure. RIP Nelson Mandela. Also IRAN WILL GET THE BOMB!" Benjamin Netanyahu

— KarlreMarks (@Karl Sharro)

25. Sports teams and celebrities also mourned the world’s loss.

We are saddened to hear of Nelson Mandela's death. He was a truly great man.

— ManUtd (@Manchester United)

I'm hearing about Nelson Mandela's death while on African soil in Oran, Algeria. Sending prayers to Mandela's family.

— MikeTyson (@Mike Tyson)

RIP Nelson Mandela, who truly changed the world with his was an honor to have been in his presence.

— GloriaEstefan (@Gloria Estefan)

Muhammad Ali on Nelson Mandela's Passing: "I am deeply saddened by the passing of Mr. Mandela. His was a (cont)

— AnnCurry (@Ann Curry)

29. The consensus, for once, was near universal.

Our reaction to #Madiba's death: Hamba Kahle Tata uqhatso ulufezile - Go well, Father, you have done all

— Oxfam (@Oxfam International)

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