Welcome to the Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim Digital Archive
The Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim Digital Archive seeks to educate, inform and provide a glimpse into the life of one of Tanzania's most distinguished diplomats – a pan-Africanist, a patriot and a son of Africa.
A pan-Africanist, Dr. Salim spent 60 years as a diplomat, government minister and elder statesman at the highest possible levels. His public life afforded him the privilege of bearing witness at pivotal moments in Tanzanian, African and world history.
This archive aims – for the first time – to provide a window into history through the eyes of Dr. Salim. The content on this platform provides insight into and perspective of the moments that shaped Dr Salim’s life and, more importantly, captures those moments in his own words.
These records are in the form of photos, videos, speeches, written notes, typed notes and academic papers. The archive is only a snapshot of Dr. Salim's journey and experiences and, for that reason, will change and evolve over time, with the aim of filling any gaps and adding new information on and perspectives from Dr. Salim.
Salim in His Own Words
"I have experienced memories of glory and gratification, like the swearing-in in May 1994 of Nelson Mandela as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. I have also witnessed moments of agony, shame and indescribable cruelty, like when I visited Rwanda in the immediate aftermath of the genocide. I have been witness to successes as well as distress and disappointments. I have met with African leaders who were and are genuinely committed to serving their people. And I have met some who were more interested in self-glorification and personal aggrandisement."