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Revisiting the Island of the Damned


The Robben Island penal colony is a ferry ride away from Cape Town. It housed antiApartheid activists, including Nelson Mandela and current South African President Jacob Zuma. In 1994, the facility was transformed into a museum to help keep alive memories of conditions for imprisoned members of the political resistance..These days, however, the flow of visitors has dwindled and some wonder if this one-time island of prisoners and exiles has a future.

The Robben Island penal colony is a ferry ride away from Cape Town. It housed antiApartheid activists, including Nelson Mandela and current South African President Jacob Zuma. In 1994, the facility was transformed into a museum to help keep alive memories of conditions for imprisoned members of the political resistance..These days, however, the flow of visitors has dwindled and some wonder if this one-time island of prisoners and exiles has a future.

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