Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #473) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #473)
Transcript: arms and most of what it once was now lay in ruins. Yet the grandeur of that city state was visible even in those ruins that lay around us.
In the meantime Captain Abdel Aziz, whom we had met at Addis Ababa had arranged an appointment with Vice President Belcacim Krim and we saw him in the presence of Mohamed Yazid and Abdel Aziz, the night before Krim left for the peace talks with the French in Switzerland. It was on this occasion that he suggested that we should admit whites into the ranks of the ANC and added that within their own ranks they had Frenchmen who were members of the FNL and who were completely dedicated to the struggle of the Algerian people against French imperialism. After giving us a survey of their revolution and indicating that they would gladly give military training to our men, he gave us a letter of introduction to Dr. Mustafai, head of the Algerian Mission in Morocco who would discuss the lessons and experiences of the revolution more fully with us. Rabat, the Moroccan capital was also the headquarters of the Co ordinating Committee of the liberation movements from the Portuguese colonies and here I met Mario Andrade, the general secretary of the MPLA, a university graduate, poet and friend of Ben Bella, Marcelino de Santos from Mozambique, Braganza from Goa and Amalia Fonseca from the Cape Verde Islands who represented the PAIGC. Mario and Marcelino introduced us to Jacques Verges, permanent secretary of the Department of African Affairs, a marxist who ws born in Reunion, qualified as a lawyer in France and who held an important position in the French CP (check?). He specialised in defending Algerian revolutionaries who were prosecuted in France and was ultimately deported from that country and declared a prohibited immigrant in his own country. We had not been longer together
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