Exiled Memories

The “xenophobic violence” in South Africa in May 2008 brought “the exile years” and the role African countries played in liberating South Africa back into the spot light. Despite the renewed interest, the voices of leaders who were welcomed into exile by African states and their people during apartheid remained predominantly silent on their exile experiences. Exile it seems remains something of a taboo subject in South Africa – often evoked, seldom explored or recalled.

We revisit the exile years through a series of documents concerning South Africans exiled elsewhere in Africa during the time of the struggle, using predominantly a series of letters (but also posters, fliers press cutting) from South African exiles and African leaders involved in the struggle to give a real voices to the challenges, triumphs and solidarity of the period.

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