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101 Amazing Nelson Mandela Facts by Jack Goldstein

By Jack Goldstein

Do you must comprehend the entire vital proof approximately Nelson Mandela? among many different issues, the 1st democratically elected president of South Africa spent 27 years in prison, introduced an finish to apartheid within the nation, and have become some of the most celebrated public figures in human historical past. This easy-to-digest booklet delivers the data you must learn about prisoner quantity 46664 in handily organised sections.

Whether you're writing a background undertaking on Mandela otherwise you simply are looking to discover extra in regards to the guy who united his state, this pocket-sized fact-book is a simple solution to get the knowledge you will have speedy!

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In 1956, Mandela was arrested for ‘high treason’. Although he was granted bail, the trial itself lasted almost six years - with Mandela regularly being returned to prison. After one incident where he was imprisoned without charge, his defence team actually withdrew in protest. In the end, Mandela and his fellow accused actually represented themselves in court. Surprisingly, the judges ruled that Mandela was not guilty - a serious embarrassment for the government who seemed to have done everything in their power to prevent such a verdict.

Although he raised millions of dollars to help the fight against AIDS, in 2005 Mandela sadly lost his only surviving son to the disease. When the US and the UK wanted to go to war in Iraq (which they ultimately did), Mandela campaigned against them, calling the planned invasion “a tragedy” He was particularly critical of the United States, of whom he said they were trying to police the entire world and had committed worse atrocities than any other nation. Considerate of prison conditions across the world, Mandela visited Abdelbaset al-Megrahi in HMP Barlinnie, where he described the Lockerbie bomber’s incarceration as akin to psychological persecution.

In 2005, Mandela ‘retired from retirement’ - his health was failing and he no longer had the energy to be in the spotlight. With his trademark humour he retreated from public life, saying “Don’t call me, I’ll call you”. Since then, he has very rarely appeared in public. One time was to request Robert Mugabe step down as ruler of Zimbabwe - the controversial leader was accused of numerous human rights abuses. Mandela suggested in 2007 that if Mugabe were to step down then, it would be with dignity and respect.

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