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Morson Mandela at the family home in Qunu, South Africa

Morson Mandela, age 78, stands with a portrait of himself and Nelson Mandela in his house in Qunu, South Africa, where Nelson Mandela grew up. Morson is the little brother of Mandela (in the extended family) and he is the caretaker for the cemetery. Qunu has a museum and Mandela has a big house where he and his family spends time while in the area.

Nelson Mandela's life in places

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”

As Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the world’s most triumphant opponent of apartheid

and South Africa’s most celebrated President, battles death bravely in a

hospital in Pretoria, a nation prays. This nation – Mandela’s South

Africa – is one he tore free from slavery, from racial prejudice and the

grip of draconian laws in flagrant violation of human rights and

liberties.

On his long walk to freedom, Nelson Mandela tramped

the dust of several places in South Africa, places that may appear

unchanged to the unobservant eye. Yet, freedom has altered these places

in ways unimaginable. Here, black people and white now share

near-equitable rights, a reality fervently and violently dreamed of but

unrealizable during Mandela’s childhood and youth. Mandela, as the world

now knows, has been the catalyst of that change.

Explore these

places. From Mvezo, where he was born, to Qunu, where he attended

primary school, and to Robben Island and Paarl where he was imprisoned

for nearly two decades, we trace Mandela’s journey through the places

that shaped his vision, and whose place on the map he changed, perhaps

forever.