On June 16th 1976 hundreds of children were shot and killed on the streets of Soweto. They’d taken to the streets in their thousands protest against changes to the already sub-standard education Black people were subjected to under Apartheid. They were met by the police who answered their protests with bullets.
There are varying accounts of how many died that day. But it was at least 200, and some accounts put the number as high as 400. Most were shot in the back, as they tried to flee. The first person to be killed was Hecter Pieterson, pictured here. He was 12 years old.
My mum was a 19 year old teacher at the school where the protest began. She shared with me some of her memories of that fateful day, so that I could share them with you. It was hard not to cry as she talked about…
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