Another sunny, warm day, perfect for a ferry ride to Robben Island. This is where so many of the anti-apartheid activists, including Nelson Mandela, were imprisoned form 1964-1994. Our guide in the prison compound, as are all guides, was a former political prisoner. His name was Derrick. The photos help tell the story. The group cell block was a newer block with bunks, mattresses and blankets. Section B, were the older cells, 9’ x 6, with a thin pad and a thinner blanket. These prisoners were confined 23 hrs a day. This tour was quite moving and emotional.
After lunch at a church in Gugulese, the town where Amy Biehl was murdered, we toured the township of Langa. It felt awkward at first to think of walking among these people, but by the end we understood. They want to be recognized, they want their plight known to the world. They were kind and welcoming, and we will share their pictures and their stories as we return to our homes.