Country Of My Skull Antjie Krog

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Country Of My Skull  by  Antjie Krog

Country Of My Skull by Antjie Krog
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In the year following South Africas first democratic elections, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was established to investigate human rights abuses committed under the apartheid regime. Presided over by Gods own diplomat, Archbishop DesmondMoreIn the year following South Africas first democratic elections, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was established to investigate human rights abuses committed under the apartheid regime.

Presided over by Gods own diplomat, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the first hearings of the commission were held in April 1996. During the following two years of hearings, South Africans were daily exposed to revelations and public testimony about their traumatic past, and--like the world that looked on--continued to discover that the relationship between truth and reconciliation is far more complex than they had ever imagined. Antjie Krog, a prominent South African poet and journalist, led the South African Broadcasting Corporation team that for two years reported daily on the hearings.

Extreme forms of torture, abuse, and state violence were the daily fare of the Truth Commission. Many of those involved with its proceedings, including Krog herself, suffered personal stresses--ill health, mental breakdown, dissolution of relationships--in the face of both the relentless onslaught of the truth and the continuing subterfuges of unrelenting perpetrators.

Like the Truth Commission itself, Country of My Skull gives central prominence to the power of the testimony of the victims, combining a journalists reportage skills with the poets ability to give voice to stories previously unheard. --Rachel Holmes



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