Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #527) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #527)
Transcript: then posted in the corridor and I remained alone in the cell. Sometime later I realised that they had forgotten to supply me with my supper. I politely called the warder in the corridor: "Warder, I have not received my supper". The warder reacted violently at my addressing him as "warder". He demanded that I call him "Baas". My young friends in the opposite cell lept to the windows and hurled a flood of insults at the warder and taking the strongest exception to his attitude towards me. I did not have to say a word. But as for the supper it never came.
Early the next morning I bade my nephew and his friends goodbye. They were taken aback that I was being removed but we could say no more to each other. In prison one must count himself lucky if as a political prisoner one ever manages so much as to wave a hurried goodbye to one's colleagues and fellow prisoners and such luck comes to very few. I was sorry to leave them behind because most of them were young lads whose families I knew well and it had given me much pleasure to talk with them.
The fates which have been kind enough to enable to say farewell to these lads gave me no such a chance in the case of the 3 colleagues with whom I had come to the Island, and with whom I have worked and lived for a frotnight. They had been enjoyable companions, seasoned fighters. Stephen Tefu, already passed 60, with a chequered political career and a lifetime of experience fighting injustice. He had suffered much for his beliefs and even as he was serving on the Island he had to live through the painful experience of learning of the death of his favourite son. It was a terrible blow. He never lost his fighting spirit though all these pressures and the passing of years had made
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