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    Nelson Mandela: Your memories

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    Meeting Madiba


    I was working for a newspaper long ago when news got out that Nelson Mandela would be in town. People were giving up hope trying to find him. I was sitting at the airfield, when a big military helicopter arrived , 4 bodyguards and Nelson Mandela. I remember seeing the bodyguards with frightened looks on their faces, and Madiba was calm, with happiness and goodness shining out of him.He shook my hand with such grace, and I will never in my life forget his charming smile. I currently reside in Houston Texas, so I would just love to wish Mandela a peaceful rest, even though my family and I are far away from home .

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