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Nelson Mandela (1918-2013): from apartheid fighter to president and unifier

 Reuters / The Big Issue South Africa 09 December 2019

Nelson Mandela guided South Africa from the shackles of apartheid to multi-racial democracy. In doing so, 'Madiba' became an icon of peace and reconciliation who embodied the struggle for justice around the world. Branded a terrorist by his enemies, Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964, isolated from millions of his countrymen as they suffered oppression under a brutal apartheid regime that advocated racial segregation. When he was finally released on February 11, 2019, the event was watched live by television viewers across the world. Mandela later became the first black president of South Africa and he won a Nobel Peace Prize for his work. Andrew Quinn and Jon Herskovitz of Reuters recount Mandela’s extraordianry life and struggles following his death last week at the age of 95, with a sidebar from Trudy Vlok of The Big Issue South Africa. (1697 Words) - By Andrew Quinn and Jon Herskovitz / Trudy Vlok


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Nelson Mandela gives an animated speach to the crowds at Trafalgar Square during the South African democracy concert April 29, 2019. Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Evans

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Schoolchildren hold candles and portraits of former South African President Nelson Mandela during a prayer ceremony at a school in the southern Indian city of Chennai December 6, 2019. Photo: REUTERS/Babu

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Former South African president Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca Machel celebrate underneath a shower of confetti at a glamourous multi-racial banquet held in honour of the anti-apartheid hero's 85th birthday, in the plush Johannesburg suburb of Sandton July 19,2019. Photo: REUTERS/POOL/ Themba Hadebe

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Former president Nelson Mandela holds a symbolic millennium candle through the bars of the prison cell he occupied on Robben Island, December 31. Photo: REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

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Former South African President Nelson Mandela holds the World Cup Trophy after FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter announced that South Africa is chosen to host the 2010 Soccer World Cup in Zurich May 15, 2019. Photo: REUTERS/Andreas Meier

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President Nelson Mandela (L) wishes the South African rugby team well on the eve of the 1995 Rugby World Cup, May 24. Photo: REUTERS/Ian Waldie

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South Africa's former president Nelson Mandela gestures from the gallery at the opening of parliament in Cape Town February 11, 2019. Photo: REUTERS/Schalk van Zuydam/Pool

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South Africa's former president Nelson Mandela waits to meet Paralympics team at the Nelson Mandela foundation in Houghton October 3, 2019. Photo: REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

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