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Mandela letters reveal ‘the power of hope’

A newly published volume of prison letters written by the former President of South Africa and global anti-apartheid icon, Nelson Mandela, reveal to the world the enduring “power of hope”.

That’s according to the South African journalist and author who edited the volume of letters written by the world’s most renowned political prisoner, many of which have never been seen before.

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Living history: staff member of UN anti-Apartheid radio unit retires

Human rights are for everyone to enjoy, a former anti-Apartheid activist has concluded after 36 years of service at the United Nations.

The UN led a campaign from 1950 onwards to eliminate South Africa’s system of legalized racial discrimination known as Apartheid.

Derrick Mbatha, a former producer at the underground Radio Freedom, the broadcast arm of the now ruling African National Congress (ANC), moved to New York in 1979 at age twenty-four to work for the UN’s Anti-Apartheid Radio Unit.