The man who emerged that day was ready to lead his people, black and white alike. But his character was publicly forged, his credibility indelibly established and his political platform clearly laid out that April day in the Palace of Justice. He went on to practice exactly what he had preached — multiracialism, democracy and reconciliation.
Now, the youth of South Africa will be forced to consider what has happened to Mandela’s dream of establishing a new kind of nonracial, nonsexist, non-homophobic and more egalitarian society at the southern tip of Africa.
Bamiyan, a picturesque but deeply impoverished province in north-central Afghanistan, has remained largely peaceful since international forces left earlier this year, but now a neighbor’s instability is making life difficult for residents.
Less than an hour’s drive from the sleepy city of Bamiyan, with its giant Buddhas, nascent tourism industry, and zero foreign troops, this rugged mountain district in what many consider the safest province in the country has quietly become a tense battleground between government forces and insurgents. It may provide a peek at what Afghanistan faces in a post-NATO world.
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