In Uncategorized on September 11, 2011 at 12:31 pm

On my way back to Cape Town from Lagos I made a quick stop in Johannesburg to visit a dear friend from the program.

I wanted to see something outside of Cape Town so that I could begin to understand how things truly are. Johannesburg has a different vibe…seems more alive somehow. For the Canadians following, Cape Town is sort of like Vancouver while Johannesburg is like Toronto.

I spent a few days visiting with my friend and her family. They recently buried a beloved member of their family so emotions were still raw. But true to the spirit of family they banded together to provide support for each other. I had the honour of attending their Sunday afternoon lunch where each sibling brought a delicious dish with them. Their food is as rich in culture as they are and needless to say all table manners went out the window when I saw a large pot of crab curry. Six beautiful girls and one boy, and a mother who holds it all together.

I also had a chance to visit Soweto.

We took a walk through the Hector Pieterson Museum in Orlando West. The museum is located about 2 blocks away from where Hector Pieterson was shot an killed as police opened fire on a group of student protesters in the infamous Soweto Uprising.

June 16, 1976 is a major date in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. Thousands of black high school students taking to the streets to protest a system of oppression. There’s this iconic image of Mbuyisa Makhubo picking up Hector’s body and running through the streets…it is haunting to say the least. It had me thinking about young people today…what are we willing to die for?


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