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Blikkiesdorp. Tin Town.

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17/04/2009. Portrait of Ouma. Blikkiesdorp. Cape Flats, Cape Town. South Africa.  Ouma Magdalena (90) was the eldest resident of Blikkiesdorp on the Cape Flats. The residents of Blikkiesdorp live in one of the poorest communities on the Cape Flats and are subjected to violent crimes, human trafficking, rape and robberies. Today 25 000 people call these steel structures and the sand dunes surrounding it  home. The monotone structures and grey palette of the scenery leaves you with little to be excited about. Ouma passed away in June 2010. She died of starvation and TB. This happened whilst the rest of the world was celebrating the world cup in South Africa.

(What gives life to this photograph: Ouma is seen sitting, looking, thinking. Ouma wants to speak, but the pain and heartache that she feels, she cannot bring to words. Ouma speaks with her eyes. Her eyes tells the story, of suffering and being on the waiting list for proper housing for more than 17 years. The portrait tells the story of 25000 people, waiting for better days, waiting for housing, waiting to be recognized, waiting to be respected and waiting to be given back their dignity as human beings. Ouma never got to live in her own house. She waited for nothing.)

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17/04/2009. Portrait of Ouma. Blikkiesdorp. Cape Flats, Cape Town. South Africa. Ouma Magdalena (90) was the eldest resident of Blikkiesdorp on the Cape Flats. The residents of Blikkiesdorp live in one of the poorest communities on the Cape Flats and are subjected to violent crimes, human trafficking, rape and robberies. Today 25 000 people call these steel structures and the sand dunes surrounding it home. The monotone structures and grey palette of the scenery leaves you with little to be excited about. Ouma passed away in June 2010. She died of starvation and TB. This happened whilst the rest of the world was celebrating the world cup in South Africa. (What gives life to this photograph: Ouma is seen sitting, looking, thinking. Ouma wants to speak, but the pain and heartache that she feels, she cannot bring to words. Ouma speaks with her eyes. Her eyes tells the story, of suffering and being on the waiting list for proper housing for more than 17 years. The portrait tells the story of 25000 people, waiting for better days, waiting for housing, waiting to be recognized, waiting to be respected and waiting to be given back their dignity as human beings. Ouma never got to live in her own house. She waited for nothing.)

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