Whole world praying for Nelson Mandela, says Ban Ki-moon

United Nations, PTI | Updated : 27 June 2013, 05:25 PM

UN leader Ban Ki-moon has said that the whole world is praying for Nelson Mandela as the legendary South African leader fights for his life.

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

"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 on Wednesday.

"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.

Mandela, 94, is on life support in hospital in Pretoria.

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First Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 05:13 PM
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