This weekend, London hosts a 90th birthday concert for Nelson Mandela which is appropriate, as music has accompanied the former South African president throughout his journey from political prisoner to international statesman
Ntshepeng Motema is a South African living in New York. In this radio essay, she talks about how she's been spending a lot of time online checking for news on the health of South Africa's ailing former president, Nelson Mandela.
Former hostage Ingrid Betancourt is in France, where she is the focus of much media attention; Lisa Mullins talks with Time Magazine's Paris correspondent Vivienne Walt about the French reaction to Betancourt's rescue and return.
Jiyar Gol was a young boy in Iran when he watched the promise of the Iranian Revolution turn sour. As an adult and a BBC reporter covering the Middle East, he traveled to South Africa and found a model for compromise and reconciliation that he believes could help Middle Eastern countries now stuck in their transitions to democracy.
Thousands turned out for Nelson Mandela's memorial service on Tuesday in the pouring rain. Across the nation, South Africans mourned, and some called for their current leaders to follow more in his footsteps.
Though he's still living, Nelson Mandela, the revered former leader of South Africa, makes fewer and fewer public appearances. Now 93, many South Africans are preparing for the day Nelson Mandela will no longer be alive.