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Mandela anniversary

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

It was celebration and reflection today, in South Africa and around the world, as the 20th anniversary of former president Nelson Mandelas release from prison was marked.

It was 20 years ago today that Nelson Mandela was freed from the Victor Verster Prison in South Africa. The anti-apartheid activist, who had spent 27 years in jail, would go on to become president of the country.

Mandela, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, helped the country avoid a bloodbath as the apartheid regime fell. The father of the new South Africa is now 91. While the country has not flourished in the way Mandela hoped, and is plagued with poverty and lots of violent crime, he is still immensely popular there.