Memorial to Amy Biehl unveiled

2010-08-26 11:01
Linda Biehl stands next to the memorial to her daughter, Amy, which was unveiled in Gugulethu, Cape Town. (Denzil Maregele, Die Burger)

Linda Biehl stands next to the memorial to her daughter, Amy, which was unveiled in Gugulethu, Cape Town. (Denzil Maregele, Die Burger)

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Cape Town - A bronze plaque mounted on a stone has been unveiled at the Cape Town site where American Fulbright scholar Amy Biehl was killed in apartheid's waning days.

At Wednesday's ceremony, US Ambassador Donald Gips said Biehl was committed to helping build a free South Africa.

Biehl's mother, Linda Biehl, says she is grateful for the memorial, but "the children of this community are our monument".

Wednesday marked the 17th anniversary of Amy Biehl's death.

The Amy Biehl Foundation was established by her family in 1997, providing arts and sports training to more than 1 500 young people in Gugulethu and neighbouring communities.

The four men convicted in Biehl's death claimed the attack was part of the war on apartheid.

- AP
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