News Special On Wife Of Nelson Mandella & Hostages In Beirut



In the winter of 1964, Nelson Mandela arrived on Robben Island where he would spend 18 of his 27 prison years. Confined to a small cell, the floor his bed, a bucket for a toilet, he was forced to do hard labor in a quarry. He was allowed one visitor a year for 30 minutes. Twenty years into his 27 years of incarceration….this interview with his wife was conducted.

beirutThe Lebanon hostage crisis refers to the kidnapping in Lebanon of 96 foreign hostages between 1982 and 1992….when the Lebanese Civil War was “at its height” The hostages were mostly Americans and Western Europeans….but 21 national origins were represented. At least eight hostages died in captivity….some were murdered….while others died from lack of adequate medical attention to illnesses.

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