This Week In History: Wk 06 (11 February 1990)
Nelson Mandela Is Freed From Jail
South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela is freed after nearly 30 years' imprisonment.
In 1990, Nelson Mandela was released after spending almost 30 years in jail for opposing South Africa's apartheid regime. He then became the first democratically-elected State President of South Africa, leading the country from 1994 to 1999. His leadership helped to unite the country after many years of conflict between the black and white communities.
anti-apartheid (adjective): against racial separation
imprisonment (noun): the putting of a person in prison or jail
oppose (verb): be against; try to stop
democratically elected (adjective): chosen to hold a position through a fair public vote
unite (verb): bring together
Researched and written for EnglishClub by Matt Errey