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