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n South African Journal of Cultural History - The Aliwal North concentration camp during the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 - glimpses from an anthology

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Abstract

The experiences of women in concentration camps during the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) have been recorded and reflected in various ways in the past in the form of diaries, books and documents. This article focuses on a lesser-known method, namely an anthology of poems, prose and rhymes that gives cultural expression to feelings of patriotism and other personal encounters. The anthology presents a view of the adversity experienced in the concentration camps of the Anglo-Boer War. This article focuses on an anthology that was kept by a Boer woman who was confined to the Aliwal North concentration camp for 14 months. Extracts from the anthology provide valuable insight into how women had followed a cultural route of writing poetry, prose and rhymes to help them process their experiences. The anthology demonstrates the hardships the women in the camp experienced as the war drew to a bitter close.


Die wedervaringe van vroue in konsentrasiekampe gedurende die Anglo-Boereoorlog (1899-1902) is in die verlede op verskeie wyses in dagboeke, boeke en dokumente weerspieël. Die fokus van die artikel is op 'n minder bekende wyse, naamlik die gebruik van 'n bloemlesing om patriotisme en persoonlike gevoelens deur gedigte, prosa en rympies uit te druk. Die artikel fokus op so 'n bloemlesing van 'n Boerevrou wat 14 maande lank in die Aliwal-Noord konsentrasiekamp aangehou is. Die waarde van die uittreksels uit die bloemlesing is daarin geleë dat dit 'n waardevolle insig verskaf in die wyse waarop vroue hulle ondervindinge deur middel van gedigte, prosa en rympies gerasionaliseer het. Dit word ook in die bloemlesing geëllustreer hoedat die swaarkry in die kampe progressief op die vroue ingewerk het, terwyl die oorlog tot die bitter einde voortgesleep het.

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2011-06-01
2016-12-05
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