A meeting with Ambassador Ahmed Boutache in March at the headquarters of the Algerian representation in Washington, an interview with the head of diplomacy Ramtane Lamamra on June 24, an official invitation to attend the Mediterranean Games (from June 25 to July 5, in Oran) and a subsequent audience with President Abdelmadjid Tebboune in the state residence in Oran Matthew Hill: an ambassador’s agenda.
Even in his wildest dreams, young Matthew Hill would not have imagined such a welcome from Algerian officials. He was even entitled to a passage on the television news of the official channel, as well as on the front page of certain daily newspapers of the local press. It’s the American quarter of an hour in Algeria for little Matthew.
How did this 12-year-old boy, suffering from a form of autism, manage to meet Algerian officials and thus become the darling of social networks in Algeria? Divorced parents of Cuban origin, Matthew lives with his mother, Stephanie, and his grandmother, Marianela Martinez, in Kendall, a rather upscale suburb of Miami, Florida.
Flags, planes and diplomacy
Since the age of 3, the child has had a passion for flags, of which he has a large collection. Endowed with an impressive memory, he can remember the names of countries all over the world. At Kendall College, Matthew showed very good results in mathematics, social sciences and foreign languages. Besides English and Spanish, which he speaks fluently, Matthew learned Portuguese, French and recently Arabic thanks to an Algerian native teacher. of Constantine.