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From Our Own Correspondent - Heroes from all walks of life

In tribute to Nelson Mandela, we hear about heroes from around the world, from ordinary citizens in Baghdad, to anti-apartheid lawyers and an unusually ethical Latvian politician.

In tribute to Nelson Mandela, Pascale Harter introduces stories about heroes from all walks of life, and from around the world. Andrew Harding on a South Africa that's already in its post-Mandela era; Allan Little argues that the nineteenth-century promise in US president Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, of a republic in which all are created equal, took a century to be fulfilled, with legislation passed by Lyndon B Johnson after John F Kennedy's death; Damien McGuinness reports on surprising resignation of the Latvian Prime Minister who took responsibility for the deadly supermarket collapse in Riga, even though it was not his fault; Andrew Hosken admires the bravery of Baghdad's residents who go about their daily lives despite the terror risks; Lyse Doucet finds Syrians try to hang on to their cherished identity despite the turmoil and displacements of war; Nigel Wilson is surprised by wounded Syrian fighters who keep their spirits up with a great sense of humour in Amman in Jordan; Mark Lowen goes to find out more about his late grandfather, George Lowen, a German Jewish lawyer who went from refugee to anti-apartheid activist, defending the victims of the white minority regime in court. Presenter: Pascale Harter Producer: Arlene Gregorius Photo Credit: Getty Images

  • Broadcast on BBC World Service, 1:06AM Sun, 15 Dec 2013
  • Available until 12:00AM Thu, 1 Jan 2099
  • First broadcast BBC World Service, 12:06PM Sat, 14 Dec 2013
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  • Duration 25 minutes

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