Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #486) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #486)
Transcript: I was in hiding in London and not leading an open life. I met David Astor and Colin Legum and Michael Scott together. Until then the Observer was supporting the PAC. I explained and Astor was impressed. The result Astor told Oliver I must see Gaitskill and Grimmond. Healey took me to see both of them.
I saw Mary Benson, who is close to us, Freda Troup, Canon Collins, Bishop Reeves. Also met Mrs. Kisonkoli (ex Umtata, married to Ugandan chief, uncle of the Kabaka) who was active in the women's movement and was on the way back from Germany (knows my family). Saw Todd Matshikiza and wife Esme they were excited insisted on meal in the early hours of the morning. Todd gives "Chocolates for my Wife" autographed "to a leadership I respect very much". Also saw Manhattan Brothers.
Flew to Khartoum and met General Aboud. Received well. Field Marshall Mohammed Kher.
(N.B. Under Kwame no matter where you went and if there's a freedom fighter this is the first thing they would attend to e.g. in Khartoum ex London 4 of our boys stranded on way to study in Cuba. We got help from Ghana embassy. Ghana embassy in Khartoum probably had the best library on Africa inside Africa.) Next Ethiopia going now for military training. Foreign Minister Yefu took me to Kolfe, on a hill in the suburb of Addis headquarters of Riot Battalion (800) to be trained there. C/O was Colonel Tadesse Birru (?) (Spelling?), actually trained by Lieutenant Wondoni Befikadu (?). Training well arranged start at 8 until 1 p.m., then from 2 to 4 p.m.
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