This story is about a terrorist. A man, who was arrested and put on trial and sent to jail for life. Then, after 29 years in jail, a lot of it spent in solitary confinement, this terrorist was pardoned and released. He was then made President of the government of the country who had jailed him some 30 years earlier claiming he was a terrorist.
Look at the photograph of the piece of paper above. What sort of piece of paper is it? What clues does it contain about its origins, its contents, its meaning.
(Do not be scared if its language seems unfamiliar. Try to use words from languages you do know to work out the words on it and so give yourself other clues as to its content and meaning)
The answer is that this is a photograph of the arrest warrant of Nelson Mandela, an internaitonal "terrorist", who later became a President.
What are the questions to which this document gives rise in your head?
Who signed it?
When was it signed?
Why was Mandela arrested?
By who was Mandela arrested?
Where was he arrested?
In which road was he arrested?
When was he arrested?
What happened after he was arrested?
Where was he sent to jail?
What did he do in jail?
When was he released?
Why was he released?
Why did they then make this “terrorist” the President of the country?
Why did the people who signed it or arrested Mandela not like Mandela?
Why was he considered a terrorist?
Why was his arrest unjust?