South African Town

Graaff-Reinet is a small town in the middle of the semi-desert “Karoo” in South Africa. It was founded by the dutch settlers in 1786, was proclaimed an indpendent republic several times and became the headquarter of the British Army in the Second Boer War. Graaff-Reinet remained a white town. At least in the old centre, which is the part of the town depicted in the lower area of the photo. If you walk through Graaff-Reinet you could end up not seeing any black person at all. But there are these two other settlements “outside” of town, where the blacks reside. You can also see them on the picture in the upper area. Apartheid has not ended in South Africa…

(Copyright by Michael Schilliger, 2009)

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