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Heroes from all walks of life

Duration:
25 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 14 December 2013

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

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