Jamaicans feel a special bond with Nelson MandelaListen /
NAR: Jamaica also offered words of comfort for the significant role Madiba Nelson Mandela continued to play even after retirement from office as the father of the nation, an icon of reconciliation and justice and an inspiration to action. Deputy Permanent Representative Shorna Kay-Richards.
” As one of the first countries to impose trade sanctions on Apartheid South Africa in 1957, Jamaica’s antiapartheid activism preceded our own independence from Great Britain. These sanctions remained in place in the decades that followed, throughout the heights of the antiapartheid struggle on the ground in South Africa, and until the end of apartheid rule. That Jamaica became an active part of the anti-apartheid struggle is also due in part to the anti-apartheid message that formed part of seminal Jamaican Music which galvanized the country in support of the struggles of our brothers and sisters in South Africa. “
NAR: According to Deputy permanent Representative Shorna Kay-Richards, Mandela’s struggle became Jamaica's struggle. And so, Jamaicans felt honoured and blessed to have hosted Mr. Mandela on their shores, on two occasions.
This is Donn Bobb reporting.