Following the Footsteps of South Africa’s Mandela

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By Sandra Long Weaver ROBBEN ISLAND, SOUTH AFRICA —Touring the infamous Robben Island prison on Feb. 11, the 29th anniversary of Nelson Mandela walking the long road to freedom after his 27-year imprisonment was chilling. We didn’t plan to be there on that day but it certainly made our two-week trip very special. My husband and I were hoping there would be a special celebration during our tour on the island but the celebrations took place at Victor Verster Prison where Mandela spent the last few years before he was finally freed. He spent 18 years at Robben Island, followed by time at Pollsmoo...