Global Table Conversation #7: Christo Brand and Terry Waite on Forgiveness and Reconciliation

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Global Table Conversation #7: Christo Brand and Terry Waite on Forgiveness and Reconciliation

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Key Concept

An extraordinary conversation with two extraordinary men, bringing their recollections, insights and perspectives from their separate but related experiences as captor and captive - and their subsequent journey to understand that to progress and move on, they must embrace forgiveness and reconciliation with those who they held by or who they held.

To anyone resident in the UK, and further afield, in the late 1980s and 1990s, Terry Waite is a household name. He went to the Lebanon as the Archbishop of Canterbury's hostage negotiator at a time when Hezbollah was building its profile through a series of high-profile kidnappings. Waite himself was taken hostage during his work and held captive for almost five years, most if it complete isolation, and never seeing his captors. He was eventually released in 1991.

Christo Brand, a farm boy in South Africa, chose to become a prison warden rather than join the police or army for his national service, and found himself in charge of prisoner Nelson Mandela on Robben Island off Cape Town. He describes how their mutual respect, strengthened by some extraordinary acts of support for Mandela, led to a lifelong friendship that lasted through Mandela's presidency to his death.

This is a unique conversation from two men on different sides of the prisoner experience, but with amazingly similar attitudes arising from those experiences - it should not be missed.

Post date

June 2020
 
 
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