Summary Of Nelson Mandela's Long Walk To Freedom

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“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
The quote above is an excerpt from Nelson Mandela’s soon to be published autobiography “Long walk to freedom”. I chose such an inspirational and motivational statement as the introduction to my interview with Madiba – his Xhosa clan name – since I believe he wished to teach us to ‘love each other’ and his legitimacy can be proved by his 27 years of struggles in prison.
Today, sitting here in the living room of his crammed one￾bedroom house, I am deeply honored for having been
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Me and seven other defendants narrowly escaped the gallows and were instead sentenced to life imprisonment during the so-called Rivonia Trial.
Q. Would you describe for us the conditions you had while being held in brutal Robben Island Prison?
- I was confined to a small cell without a bed or plumbing; I was forced to do hard labor in a quarry; I could write and receive a letter once every six months, and once a year I was allowed to meet with a visitor for 30 minutes. But the worst part was that we were isolated from the rest of the world.
They did not allow us to have any newspapers or radios. The only way we would have access to news about the outside world was through newly-arrived political prisoners. We were even forbidden of keeping watches and clocks.
Q. Did you attempt to make the outside world, particularly the media aware about your harsh conditions? - Due to the heavy censorship on correspondence, it was difficult for prisoners to communicate with the outside world; however, my comrade Ahmed Kathrada and I smuggled out some letters to lawyers in Durban part of a firm called Seedat Pillay and Co. instructing them to
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