Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #472) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #472)
Transcript: Bardi (?) Ladgan had a striking resemblance to Chief Luthuli in build, height, facial appearance and mannerisms. As I was explaining the situation at home I mentioned that Robert Sobukwe and other PAC leaders were in jail and dealt briefly with their campaign. At this point Ladgan interrupted: "What then is the purpose of your visit here? When that chap returns, he will finish you!" Robbie became restless obviously saying to himself: "I told you that your line is a bad gamble". But I asked the Vice President to listen to the full story and then make his judgement.
The next morning, and amidst cameras, we met President Habib Bourgiba and the interview with him was one of the most pleasant in the whole tour. His response was immediate and complete.
Tunis has been described as the Jewel of Islam, the treasure house of Islamic art and architecture. In fact the whole of North Africa from Egypt to Morocco is rich in ancient art. We travelled all the way from Tunis to Nabeul, about 100 miles east of the capital. Tunis has a fine museum but I thought Nabeul was tremendous. These museums contained the broad features of the history of early times and make Tunisia the crossroads of many civilisations. But the climax was the visit to the Carthage I had first heard of from my teacher as a small boy. At once I was felt I was in the hub of the ancient history of the Mediterranean world.
Once a mighty maritime power commanded by able generals like Hamilcar, Hasdrubal and perhaps the greatest of them all Hannibal, the historic city was sacked and raised to the ground by Roman
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