Graca Machel’s letter to Nelson Mandela – 1986

Graca Machel’s 1986 letter to Madiba (Nelson Mandela)  in jail    ~  (from my Rough Guides book on Mandela 2011)

mandela“In a garden there is always one flower more beautiful than another. Your letter is that flower in the great garden of messages of comfort I have received. One day we shall meet, either along the path of struggle or on the magnificent road to freedom and then, looking into your eyes, I shall be able to express my full gratitude.”

– Graca Machel in a letter to Nelson Mandela in jail, responding to a letter he had sent her after the death in a plane crash of her husband, former Mozambique president Samora Machel in 1986.

They eventually met in 1990 and got married six years later.

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