Portrait of Mandela.

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mandela_by_russell_webOn the 11th of February, 25 years ago, Nelson Mandela was finally released from prison in South Africa. He emerged an older, frailer man, but his spirit remained unbroken after 27 years of gruelling captivity. Testament alone to his tremendous strength of character. Mandela was elected State President of South Africa in 1994, after working together with his predecessor F.W. de Klerk to dismantle the framework of racial segregation, apartheid, that had dominated the daily lives of South Africans for over half a century, an achievement for which they shared the Nobel Peace Prize. At the same time Mandela created a climate of reconciliation between white and black South Africans, a spirit of forgiveness, his legacy to us today, and one that we ignore at our peril. Nelson Mandela was a great humanitarian, and the voice of reason in a turbulent world. I truly felt a deep sense of loss…

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