Thursday, February 19, 2009
Today I finally went to Robben Island, the place where Nelson Mandela has been kept prison for many years. It was quite an impressive visit! And an emotional one as well...... If you ever come to Cape Town dont miss this. A lot of tragedy has happened here but now they call the island a place of hope and healing..... the remains of injustice ....... A pile of rocks started by Nelson and thousands of other ex-political prisoners followed......... More than thousand rocks of different shape, color and texture. It is at the entrance of the lime quarry where the prisoners had to work 5 days a week. Never seen such a beautiful pile before, a memorial to their years of struggle and hardship.... Nelson Mandela spent 27 years on this island and this is his cell and how it looked in the beginning. The red bucket was used as a toilet, to wash his clothes in and wash himself..... What people are capable of to humiliate others and to create an illusion of difference between people is something that makes my blood run cold...... Of course it is an island with a long history of suffering and Nelson Mandela was one of so many who were banished and treated unfair there. I really hope people will learn from this but sometimes when I look around and see what is happening in the world I doubt it......... I left the island filled with sadness.