Murdered in Mauratania

Letter from her late husband

Talk about the bizarre incidents caused by late arrival of surface mail. In our edition 29 April 1980, a similar incident was reported in Namib Times. Mrs Baby Stevens of Walvis Bay received a letter from Mauritania, from her husband Willie.

What would have been a very pleasant surprise actually lead to immense sadness, as Mr. Stevens was murdered in Mauritania by terrorists on 4 October 1978. It was aboard the fishing vessel “Zuiderster 8”. Several other crew members were also killed in the same attack.
Mr Stevens wrote this letter shortly before his tragic death, and it took the letter 18 months to reach Walvis Bay and his beloved wife.

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