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Obama, family visit cell that became Mandela’s crucible

President cites legacy of sacrifice in later speech

CAPE TOWN — In the forward to Nelson Mandela’s 2010 book of letters, President Obama wrote that “even when little sunlight shined into that Robben Island cell, he could see a better future — one worthy of sacrifice.”

On Sunday, Obama stood in that same, tiny prison cell — now a monument to Mandela, South Africa’s first black president — and showed his wife and two daughters the place where Mandela was incarcerated for 18 years during his long campaign to end the policies of racial apartheid and oppression in his country.

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