On this date in 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from prison after 27 years in captivity. He was regularly visited by the ICRC during his long years of detention.
In 2003, a week before his 85th birthday, Mr. Mandela spoke about the work of the ICRC and the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement in London, saying that the Red Cross was a "beacon of humanity" for political prisoners.
Twenty-three years after his release from prison, here is the full text of Madiba's wonderful British Red Cross Humanity Lecture of July 10, 2003.
"It is a great honour to be have been invited to deliver this Red Cross Humanity Lecture.