As the only woman to serve as first lady to two African nations, the daughter of a trained guerilla fighter, an attorney-turned-children’s advocate and the woman who hasn’t left Mandela’s side during his hospitalization, Machel has her own story to tell.
October 1986 Graca Machel, widow of Mozambique President Samora Machel, at her first husband’s funeral. She kept the name Machel to honor her first husband, who led Mozambique to independence from Portugal in 1975 and became its first president. Samora Machel was killed in a plane crash. AP Buy Photo