“When stories are told about African poverty, race often seems to play a large part. Based in Senegal, Reuters photographer Finbarr O’Reilly (previously acclaimed for his work in DR Congo) traveled 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.”

Via: The Big Picture @ Boston.com

  1. Dee says:

    That’s total bullshit. 247 million cases of Malaria, the majority are African children. They don’t even get the privilege of those fancy mattresses. Wow, racism has come a long way!

    • I think you have totally missed the point. All the post was doing was highlighting a lesser known problem in South Africa which is poverty within the white communities which is increasing every year. Something that is overlooked when people talk about the challenges of life in SA. Reverse discrimination is a very real issue there. It was NOT in any way dimishing the plight of black South Africans, which of course is the larger problem in that there are millions more living below the poverty line. By the way, what is “racist” about highlighting a problem of white poverty? No political judgement was being made. It’s a news item presenting a fact of life in South Africa. Think before you criticize.

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