Long Walk- Part 8- Arriving at Robben Island

In part 8 the travel to Robben Island from Pretoria stuck out to me.  Mandela recounts the emptiness and depressing atmosphere of the prison. It’s isolation made it different than any other prison and he realized how grim life would be there.  In Pretoria there were supporters and family members to feel connected with, but at Robben Island there were only the prisoners.

I thought of how depressing it must have been to be so alone and in such a horrible area. I can’t imagine being in prison forced to comply with every rule set by the prison and knowing you will hardly be in contact with anyone. Mandela was held there for 27 years, which is an unimaginable amount of time. Robben Island is now currently a museum that seeks to show the efforts of those imprisoned that helped lead to freedom and democracy in South Africa.

The current president Jacob Zuma, like Mandela was also imprisoned on Robben Island for 10 years of his life.


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