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20 world leaders with a tragic past

Espresso Logo By Philippine de Tinguy of Espresso | Slide 2 of 21: Countless biographical treatments have recounted the life of Nelson Mandela, whose original first name, Rolihlahla, means “troublemaker.” While known for his non-violent fight against apartheid that earned him 27 years of imprisonment and hard labour, this former South African president also lived through a childhood marked by dark times. Just a few years after losing his father at the age of nine, Mandela was forced to flee to Johannesburg to escape a forced marriage arranged by his adoptive father.

Nelson Mandela

Countless biographical treatments have recounted the life of Nelson Mandela, whose original first name, Rolihlahla, means “troublemaker.” While known for his non-violent fight against apartheid that earned him 27 years of imprisonment and hard labour, this former South African president also lived through a childhood marked by dark times. Just a few years after losing his father at the age of nine, Mandela was forced to flee to Johannesburg to escape a forced marriage arranged by his adoptive father.

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