Letter to my daughter

2008-06-19 00:00

A few days before Henry Cloete, a journalist from the Volksblad, decided to write an article about this blog for his newspaper, I reluctantly removed it. It’s not that I had thought that the time had not yet dawned to talk about what happened in prison in those dark days so many years ago. No, from my own experience I am strongly convinced that people suppress such experiences of great personal (and overwhelming) pain. However painful, in the end it helps to talk about it and I believe that it’s important for our people’s general consciousness to realise what happened and to digest it. Not because one wants to encourage hate, revenge or envy, but because honest processing with humility and compassion helps us all to understand our beloved land and ourselves better, and to move forward.

Many people contacted me and asked me to resubmit the blog, as they still wanted to read or reread it. I do this with one request: please be careful and sensitive with my daughter. She is a very special girl and the events of the past must never become an unbearable burden for her.

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