Bob Blake and Madeline Buckley | Dec. 7, 2013 | South Bend Tribune
Hope of a peaceful transition to a democratic, post-apartheid South Africa was not in abundant supply in the mid-1980s.
Resigned to the realization any transition would likely be bloody, John Affleck-Graves made the difficult decision to leave his native South Africa.
"We did not believe the country could change peacefully. I left because I thought things would be a lot worse than they ended up being," Affleck-Graves said. "The emotions of leaving your home are always difficult. It was a lot of frustration that people could not do what was so obviously right."
Within a few years of his departure, however, one man -- Nelson Mandela -- helped lead a dramatic turnaround.