segunda-feira, 5 de agosto de 2013

Poverty within white south Africa

When stories are told about African poverty, race often
seems to play a large part. Based in Senegal, Reuters
photographer Finbarr travelled to South Africa earlier this
year and visited one of a growing number of squatter
camps populated mostly by Afrikaners - white South
Africans - to document their stories and help show that,
despite the fact that impoverished blacks in the region
far outnumber whites, poverty is a human issue, not
necessarily racial. O'Reilly: "While most white South Africans
still enjoy lives of privilege and relative wealth, the number
of poor whites has risen steadily over the past 15 years.
Researchers now estimate some 450,000 whites, of a total
white population of 4.5 million, live below the poverty line
and 100,000 are struggling just to survive in places such
Coronation Park, a former caravan camp currently home to
more than 400 white squatters. Formerly comfortable
Afrikaners recently forced to live on the fringes of society see
themselves as victims of 'reverse-apartheid' that they say
puts them at an even greater disadvantage than the millions
of poor black South Africans.“

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