Visited the Animals

I just had the most amazing trip to South Africa and back. And then a fourth grader (not mine, I took mine and they are much older than that) asked me and instead of telling them about the animals, I went into the history of South Africa that I had learned so much about.

I finally understood what under Apartheid,  the Townships  and Homelands were.

 

I learned about the basics of why the minority white regime finally caved in and negotiated with the imprisoned Nelson Mandela to leave prison and take over a transition to majority rule and the dismantling of the whole police state infrastructure that was enforcing the apartheid system.

 

 I saw the smoke stacks of the power plants built in the middle of heavily populated Soweto where the power was destined not for the people of Soweta but the white people in Johannesburg.

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