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    Posted December 8, 2013 by
    Abbotsford, British Columbia
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    Nelson Mandela: Your memories

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    Meeting Nelson Mandela

    I met Mr Nelson Mandela in March 2004 when he visited Saudi Arabia. At that time I was serving as a Diplomat at the South African Embassy in Riyadh and had the privilege to accompany him during his visit and the opportunity to take some pictures of him.

    He impressed me immensely with the humble yet statesman-like manner in which he conducted himself during talks with Saudi dignitaries. One could see the respect that everyone had for the former President of South Africa and his presence just filled the room wherever he went.

    Most people of his stature won't give you the time of day, but Mr Mandela and his wife took time out of their busy schedule to spend an evening with the staff of the Embassy and their families. He particularly enjoyed the presence of the kids and chatted continually with them.

    Archbishop Desmond Tutu said of Madiba in remembrance: "The sun will rise tomorrow, and the next day and the next. It may not appear as bright as yesterday..." I would like to add to that: "But if you look up at the night sky, you will see a new star shining brightly over our world.". Long live Madiba!

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