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Paying Homage To Madiba: Mourners Flock To Nelson Mandela’s Robben Island Prison

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It’s been days of intense emotion in South Africa since the passing of the former president Nelson Mandela. Cape Town and Soweto have become filled with tourists flocking in to pay their last respects to their hero. Robben Island has an influx of visitors making their way to the defunct prison where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years.

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Robben Island Prison

Robben Island bears testimony to the sacrifice Mandela made in fighting apartheid, the system of white minority rule that denied black South Africans decent health care and education and stripped them of their land and civil rights.

The prison, now a museum, became a site of homage since Mandela’s passing on Dec. 5. Visitors go to Mandela’s prison cell where he spent 27 years to take pictures and video.

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