Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #461) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #461)
Transcript: Ghana, and Captain Abdul Aziz the Algerian representative of the Afro Asian Solidarity Committee.
The crucial question was whether these guests should be allowed to attend and a substantial number of delegates felt strongly that they should not be admitted. It being my first occasion to attend a PAFMECSA conference and being unfamiliar with the climate of relations amongst the balcks of our continent, the whole issue upset me and I felt I could not keep quiet. I argued that Dialo was the secretary general of our mother body, the All African Peoples Conference, and entitled to attend as of right. I pointed out that it would be a diplomatic blunder on our part to refuse admission to representatives of independent states whose friendship meant much to us in the freedom struggles of our respective countries.
But I was even more concerned about the position of the Algerian representatives and felt that it would be a scandal for us to turn them away at the time when they were waging a patriotic was against French imperialism at great cost in human lives and money. I pointed out that they had come to Addis so that they could carry back to their people a message of solidarity and support which would inspire them in their just war against French aggression. This proposal was accepted but only after one delegate had barked at me in desperation: "The trouble Nelson is that in North Africa you have Africans who are not Africans!"
There are usually two sides on question of this nature and my disagreement with some of my fellow
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