Nelson Mandela Rushed to The Hospital

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Former South African President Nelson Mandela has been hospitalized with a stomach ailment, according to a government statement issued Saturday about the 93-year-old anti-apartheid icon.

President Jacob Zuma asked that Mandela’s privacy be respected, and did not say at which hospital Mandela was being treated.

Mandela became South Africa’s first black president in 1994 after spending 27 years in prison for his fight against racist apartheid rule, and was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts.

His public appearances have become increasingly rare, and he was hospitalized last year for a few days with an acute respiratory infection. Prayers go out to his family, hope he gets well soon!

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