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BORN FREE – Mandela’s Generation of Hope

Twenty-five years ago in 1994, Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s first black president and his nation was a free country. The segregation system of apartheid had ended; Mandela had high hopes for the youth.

The children born in the years following the end of apartheid are now young adults: the born-free generation for whom racial segregation is a thing of the past. They were to be the face of a new, free and successful South Africa.

Ilvy Njiokiktjien’s personal project, which has spread over 12 years, looks into how free the born-free are actually living, and how modern-day racism influences their day-to-day lives.