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This resource is hosted by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, but was compiled and authored by Padraig O’Malley. It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

May

Sent Thu. 18th May 1989

From Elsa [Zarina] (Dictated msg):

[blank here]…. Things that have been going on starting as far back as my medical evacuation from UTH. Late as it was, thank god the UN intervened when it did. I would have been a cripple otherwise. Even in this kind of mileu it seems that one has to be strong enough to ride the occasional waves of human pettiness!

With love Elsa [ Zarina] and the little people

Sent Thu. 25th May 1989, TC KW

= Thurs 25th

Dictating by Elsa Wed .24th

"News from Harare surgeon is that if dislocation becomes too painful I pts for a third shoulder operation or just live with the dislocation. {Blank}… UN resident representative here is shattered by this news and has offered to evacuate me for treatment to Ken, all my personal & medical expenses paid This may well be a better bet than Big S in terms of latest techniques and for later follow –up etc. I'm not sure. When is the earliest we can sagely meet at Ken's .Already discussed this new medical development with kid's teachers who are being very supportive. Kids are bursting with joy at prospect of being re-united with you. Let me know soonest how your schedules look. Love Elsa [Zarina]"

Received Thursday 1st June 1989

Dearest Elsa [Zarina]. Am addressing this to you though I expect you to share many parts with Janet so that together they can be worked through. Many thanks for message. Am worried as to how, when I can exit safely etc. So far am waiting for local passport (whose use can only be limited to exit/entry and exit can only be to safe point, e.g. up to Big S. When I am going to get this is another matter – though have been promised I would get it "soon". Meanwhile the ff have to be addressed and attended to by you folks:

[Mac].

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