Saving Mandela's Children: The True Story of South Africa's Unwanted Children

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AuthorHouse, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 628 pages
This book is a passionate cry from the heart. From the heart of someone who has given almost everything she has to the cause of justice and happiness for heavily-abused children and for HIV/AIDS sufferers, and from the heart of the real, here-and-now, South Africa - no pretence, no frills, exactly as it is, with supporting evidence. The people are all real people, with their real names; the incompetence, the neglect of duty, the corruption, the malevolence, the despair - and the goodness, the tenderness, the devotion to a cause, the trust and the joy - are all real. Writing the book has been an extremely draining and highly emotional experience, and this inevitably shows through in much of the text. But it had to be written, because the terrible failings of the 'system' have to be exposed, because the author needed the catharsis, and above all because the lives - and deaths - of these deeply hurt but irresistible children needed to be recorded and remembered. Here there is little for your comfort and much cause for the beloved country to cry.
 

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Contents

The death of a dream
7
A South African on a mission
23
These boots will keep on walking
79
Friday 13th
113
Kayla and Shudan
177
Luke
187
Chicken run children
209
No rainbow nation
223
Lindelwa
305
Walking on high heels
315
Jonathan
337
An ordinary day
417
Maggots barking children and circuses
439
When the cats away the mice will play
471
Themba and Patricia
489
This is only the beginning
531

The sale of a child
239
Evelyn Pretty and Louis
251
Mala Fide
267
Tide turns against us
281
APPENDICES
537
Back Cover
625
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Page 4 - ... This reward will not be measured in money. Nor can it be reckoned in the collective price of the rare metals and precious stones that rest in the bowels of the African soil we tread in the footsteps of our ancestors. It will and must be measured by the happiness and welfare of the children, at once the most vulnerable citizens in any society and the greatest of our treasures.

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