Former South African president, Nelson Mandela, passed away last night and respects are being paid across the Midlands.
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A Birmingham aid worker, who has been in the Philippines helping with the relief effort, believes there are still millions of people who need help.
Zaid Al-Rawni says the level of destruction left by Typhoon Haiyan was incredible.
An aid worker from Birmingham, who has only just returned home from the Philippines, says there is so much more work to do there.
Zaid Al-Rawni believes the next phase of the relief effort follwing Typhoon Haiyan will be crucial.
A month on from one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded hitting the Philippines, and an aid worker who flew out to help with the the initial emergency relief has returned home to Birmingham.
Zaid Al-Rawni captured some of the things he saw out there on camera, and says there is so much more to do to help the relief effort. He intends to return to the Far East again in the next few weeks.
Special prayers will be said for Nelson Mandela in Worcester Cathedral at 4pm today.
The Very Reverend Peter Atkinson, Dean of Worcester said "Nelson Mandela was one of the great figures of our time and the whole world is indebted to him".
The cathedral flag is being flown at half mast as mark of respect to the man who became South Africa's black president and who transitioned the country out of white rule.
Jerry Dammers, who wrote the anthem Free Nelson Mandela, has said that it should not be forgotten how much of the former President of South Africa's life was taken by the 27 years he spent in prison.
He said: "He actually died a very young man he had... 27 years in prison. A large part of his life was taken and we shouldn't forget that. He was a young man, he wasn't an old man."
He added that despite Mandela's poor health in recent years the news of his death yesterday still came as a shock.
Civil rights leader Reverend Jesse Jackson said he was sad to announce the death of Nelson Mandela.
Rev Jackson was speaking at a dinner last night when he heard the news. He went on to pay tribute to the former South African president.
The Chair of the Leicestershire Faith Forum, Suleman Nagdi, has described growing up in apartheid South Africa and how his uncle helped Nelson Mandela during those years.
People in the East Midlands have been paying tribute to Nelson Mandela, who passed away last night at the age of 95.
The former South African President visited the Midlands in the 1990s after his release from prison.
A park in Leicester was dedicated to him in honour of his attempts to end apartheid. The city's Mayor, Peter Soulsby, said President Mandela has been an inspiration to those fighting discrimination.