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  • This was the book that kept Pappa going after our family's deportation from South Africa, and time in England. This was his thesis, from the man that lamented his lack of education.

    Prepared during our short stay in England, and finished, and sold in Zambia (judging from the price tag - 70 n would be 70 ngwee), this slim book detailed the apartheid policy, based on the premise that the races could be "separate but equal". It exposed the ludicrousness of that claim, highlighting inequities in living standards, health care, housing and education between the races. The only real winners were the whites in power at the time.

    Pappa's crime, and reason for his deportation in 1966, was that he smuggled letters out of prison for black people, and did the unthinkable - held inter-racial Bible-studies. He, a white-man, visited black townships, often with me in tow. We played soccer matches with mixed races. Apparently, for this, we deserved to be kicked out of South Africa.

    So began my life-long exile, first enforced by law, then by choice, from South Africa. Yes, I've been back, but it feels like I am a stranger in a new land.

    In the words of Paul Simon, I feel "homeless", neither comfortable here, nor there, caught in a twilight zone between times and places.
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