Tales of the District

2019-07-30 06:00
Farieda Abrahams wants the young generation to learn of the pain felt by people of District Six when they were forcefully removed from their homes. PHOTO: thabang kuaho

Farieda Abrahams wants the young generation to learn of the pain felt by people of District Six when they were forcefully removed from their homes. PHOTO: thabang kuaho

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A Lenterguer woman was motivated to pen down her memories of living in District Six as a child when television personality Soli Philander apparently said, in an interview on 3Talk with Noeleen years ago, that the Cape Flats has beautiful stories to tell but coloured people were too lazy to write.

Philander’s words prompted Farieda Abrahams to tell her own stories of what was happening around her as a young girl, when people became enraged by the apartheid government’s decision to have District Six declared a white’s only area.

“At that time, I did not understand what this meant, all I thought was: ‘Okay, all the houses are going to be painted white, what is the big deal?’,” Abrahams said.

After months of living in Hanover Park, Abrahams realised that they would not be moving back to their lovely District Six home.

Years later, upon watching the episode with Philander as a guest and encouragement from a colleague, she finally got the courage to put pen to paper and tell the tales of the injustices of the past in a book that is now known as My Lover My Home.

“With this book, I wanted the young generation to know how our people were robbed of their homes and a community was left divided.

“I wanted the young generation to get an idea of how the apartheid government was responsible for all the heartaches felt by many coloured people.”

Furthermore, she said that she did not want the people who once lived in District Six to be forgotten.

Abrahams recalls how, upon finishing the book, she got in touch with a publisher who had offered her a publishing deal but the remuneration was not desirable.

“The deal that was offered to me was not what I had in mind because I would be taking home about 10 times less than what the book sold for, which is why I decided to self-publish.”

Today, Abrahams works as an auxiliary social worker at the Sultan Bahu Drug Rehab Clinic in Parow where she takes drug addicts on a journey to recovery.

She also mentioned that she is currently working on her second book, which will be centered around drug addiction and how this affects victims, families and communities.

My Lover My Home sells for R150 and is available directly from Abrahams.V For more information call Farieda Abrahams on 061 461 8427.

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