Monday, November 26, 2012

Exploration 11

            Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk were awarded The Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.  They both worked to end the Apartheid in South Africa.  Nelson Mandela once advocated for the creation of a military wing within the ANC party after it’s banning in 1960; this lead to the creation of the Umkhonto we Sizwe.  Eventually the group’s leaders were captured, including Mandela, and sentenced to life in prison.  He spent 26 years in prison until he was finally released.  He still retained his goal but this time he strived to do it democratically. I believe this passage is a reflection on his change of methods and the hope that one day war will not be the deciding factor for control;
“We live with the hope that as she battles to remake herself, South Africa will be like a microcosm of the new world that is striving to be born.
  This must be a world of democracy and respect for human rights, a world freed from the horrors of poverty, hunger, deprivation and ignorance, relieved of the threat and the scourge of civil wars and external aggression and unburdened of the great tragedy of millions forced to become refugees.”

This link gave me some insight on Nelson Mandela’s life; not just political but some personal aspects that gave a little bit of clarity on what type of person Mandela is.


  1. It is very interesting how Mandela changed after having been in prison for 26 years. He figured out that violence was not an answer. I like your quote, very insperational.

  2. I love the quote you chose. This quote is a very good example of how strong a writer he was and also the detail in it is really well written!


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