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Blikkiesdorp. Tin Town.

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22/05/2009. Survival. Delft, Cape Town. South Africa. Zelda Schritten breastfeeding her young boy Zievan. The family lives in a steel structure or Shack, in a Veld in Belhar. They are living without access to fresh running water, electricity and access to toilets.

 I spend some time in the beginning of winter 2009 with a Family that lives in a veld in Belhar. The van der Westhuizens are one of seven families living on a piece of land that became their “Veld-dorp” (field village). The remaining seven families living in the “Veld-Dorp” refused to relocate to Blikkiesdorp, a housing project that provides temporary shelter for the poor and homeless on the Cape Flats. Many of the previous residents of this veld were removed and received temporary housing in Blikkiesdorp. The crimes in Blikkiesdorp, human trafficking, robberies and rapes have kept these families from moving. All the families are dependent on donations of food packages and clothing for their survival, as none of them are employed and they struggle to make a living of the state grants that they receive.

(What gives this photo life: Zelda Schritten is within herself. She is sitting breastfeeding her son. The only light she has is candlelight. She is feeling and living her own emotions.  Thinking her own thoughts. Her expression on her face is neither happy nor sad, she is just Zelda.  All she is doing is what Mother Nature expects, she has to take care of her child in these most difficult circumstances. The photo is part of the larger picture of poverty that is faced by most of the residents on the Cape Flats and it tells the painful story of the many people that is forced to live on the streets.)

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22/05/2009. Survival. Delft, Cape Town. South Africa. Zelda Schritten breastfeeding her young boy Zievan. The family lives in a steel structure or Shack, in a Veld in Belhar. They are living without access to fresh running water, electricity and access to toilets. I spend some time in the beginning of winter 2009 with a Family that lives in a veld in Belhar. The van der Westhuizens are one of seven families living on a piece of land that became their “Veld-dorp” (field village). The remaining seven families living in the “Veld-Dorp” refused to relocate to Blikkiesdorp, a housing project that provides temporary shelter for the poor and homeless on the Cape Flats. Many of the previous residents of this veld were removed and received temporary housing in Blikkiesdorp. The crimes in Blikkiesdorp, human trafficking, robberies and rapes have kept these families from moving. All the families are dependent on donations of food packages and clothing for their survival, as none of them are employed and they struggle to make a living of the state grants that they receive. (What gives this photo life: Zelda Schritten is within herself. She is sitting breastfeeding her son. The only light she has is candlelight. She is feeling and living her own emotions. Thinking her own thoughts. Her expression on her face is neither happy nor sad, she is just Zelda. All she is doing is what Mother Nature expects, she has to take care of her child in these most difficult circumstances. The photo is part of the larger picture of poverty that is faced by most of the residents on the Cape Flats and it tells the painful story of the many people that is forced to live on the streets.)

Tags: blikkiesdorp, delft, south africa, cape town culture; people; environmental portrait

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