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For a long time I didn’t want to write this story.  I had the idea studying the Apartheid during my first degree, as part of Bretton Hall university near Leeds. For years it went unwritten, and now I’ve had the excuse to write it.

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But then, the history is not nice, either.


Connie Mulder, the Minister of Plural Relations and Development, told the House of Assembly on 7 February 1978: “If our policy is taken to its logical conclusion as far as the black people are concerned, there will be not one black man with South African citizenship …  Every black man in South Africa will eventually be accommodated in some independent new state in this honourable way and there will no longer be an obligation on this Parliament to accommodate these people politically.”

The 2007 UNAIDS report estimated that 5,700,000 South Africans had HIV/AIDS, or just under 12% of South Africa’s population of 48 million. (source)

In 2007 it was estimated that 1,400,000 orphans in South Africa were orphaned as a direct consequence of HIV/AIDS. (source)

“Soldiers, for example, are of a sexually active age; they are highly mobile and away from home for long periods of time; they often valorize violent and risky behavior; they have greater opportunities for casual sexual relations; and they may seek to relieve themselves from the stress of combat through sexual activity.” (source)

“One of the most striking aspects of recent armed conflicts in Africa is the deliberate targeting of civilians and the widespread use of rape, which has been employed as a systematic tool of warfare in conflicts in Liberia, Mozambique, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone.” (source: Douglas Farah, “A War against Women,” Washington Post, April 11, 2000, p.  1.)

“In the Rwandan conflict, observers have suggested that between 200,000 and 500,000 women were raped.” (source:  Manuel Carballo, Carolyn Mans.eld, and Michaela Prokop, Demobilization and Its Implications for HIV/AIDS, Linking Complex Emergency Response and Transition Initiative (CERTI) Crisis and Transition Tool Kit, October 2000, p.  16, n.  5; and Lisa Sharlach, “Rape as Genocide: Bangladesh, the Former Yugoslavia, and Rwanda,” New Political Science, Vol.  22, No.  1 (March 2000), p.  98.)

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