Nelson Mandela’s daughter calls for world unity in Liverpool visit

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Image caption Mr Mandela’s granddaughter Tukwini Mandela (left) and daughter Dr Makaziwe, or Maki, Mandela in Princes Park, Liverpool

Nelson Mandela’s daughter has called for people to fight for unity as she visited a site in Liverpool where a memorial to her father will be built.

Dr Makaziwe Mandela said there was a “resurgence in emphasising difference” which needs to be opposed.

She said: “We are different, but in our differences there is unity, there is camaraderie amongst all of us.”

Dr Mandela, 65, visited Princes Park, Toxteth where a memorial will be built to honour the anti-apartheid icon.

Mr Mandela led South Africa’s transition from white-minority rule in the 1990s after spending 27 years in prison for his political activities.

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Image caption Nelson Mandela, with his wife Winnie, walks out of prison in 1990 after spending 27 years in jail

The memorial garden in Liverpool will include a Freedom Bridge across the lake, a pavilion and 32 cylindrical stoneworks inscribed with Nelson Mandela’s quotes.

Dr Mandela said the family was “humbled” to see him remembered five years after his death.

Addressing community members and schoolchildren, Dr Mandela, also known as Maki, added: “Unless we are free all over the world, none of us are.

“At this point, where there is a resurgence of emphasising difference around the world, I think we need to fight very hard so that we don’t roll back the gains that have been made so far.

“The future doesn’t lie in us fighting amongst each other, the future for this planet lies in us collaborating and working with each other across boundaries, across ages, across racial differences.”

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Image caption Nelson Mandela’s daughter and granddaughter meet schoolchildren in the park

The event was held on the 29th anniversary of Mandela’s release from prison.

Dr Mandela and her daughter are due to spend three days in Liverpool, when they will also meet the Prince of Wales.

They will also visit St George’s Hall where a set of Mandela’s drawings are on permanent display.


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