Ban: Whole world praying for Madiba

2013-06-27 07:41
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New York -UN leader Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday that the whole world is praying for Nelson Mandela as the legendary South African leader is reportedly on life support.

Ban called Mandela "one of the giants of the 20th century" at a New York reception for the 50th anniversary of the Organisation of African Unity which played a leading international role in fighting apartheid.

"I know our thoughts and prayers are with Nelson Mandela, his family and loved ones, all South Africans and people across the world who have been inspired by his remarkable life and example," Ban said.

"Let us all show similar conviction and sense of purpose today in working to improve well-being and opportunity for all Africans," the UN secretary general added.

Meanwhile messages of goodwill have been flooding in from overseas.

In only her fifth ever tweet, Hillary Clinton offered "love and prayers to our great friend, Madiba, his family and his nation during this difficult time".

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