Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Apartheid Museum and Soweto (Johannesburg)

The FIAF Congress was taken to a day-long tour by the National Library of South Africa on 14 April, 2011.

The first stop was The Apartheid Museum, a powerful display of the history of South Africa with a special section about Nelson Mandela. It was especially impressive to follow a class of African schoolchildren there. It was impossible not to cry, also because of the realization about the degradation of the spirit of the perpetrators of apartheid. Yet, in the end, this inspiring exhibition is about the triumph of the spirit.

In Soweto there was a delicious lunch at Ubuntu Kraal, a conference centre built in traditional African village style. We visited the Nelson Mandela House and had a shopping opportunity of beautiful African artwork.

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