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Reney Warrington Describes Processing the News About Nelson Mandela’s Death in Sweden

OctoberReney Warrington, author of October, was in Sweden when the news of Nelson Mandela’s passing on 5 December broke. On her blog she describes how disconnected she felt not being among fellow South Africans during this time. In a small town in North East Germany, however, a fishmonger who hardly speaks any English, connected with her:

I was in Sweden when I heard about Nelson Mandela’s death.

I felt disconnected. All around me there were images of him on TV and on front covers of papers and magazines, but I couldn’t understand what was being said or written. My friends and family were going to his house in Houghton and attending the Soccer City service.

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