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Concentration Camps

Approximately 26,370 women and children died in the concentration camps in the two republics (Republic of the Orange Free State and the Republic of Transvaal). The exact number of deaths is unknown. 81% of these deaths were children. An entire generation of Afrikaners was erased. Approximately 1,500 Boer men (mostly elderly) also died in the concentration camps.

Concentration camps during the Anglo-Boer War

British forces moved civilians into concentration camps during the Anglo-Boer War to prevent them from aiding Boer guerillas. Photo: Courtesy of Boerwar.info

Camp memorial stones

The 44 camp memorial stones represent the number of concentration camps of the two Boer Republics and elsewhere. Information regarding the total detained women and children of each camp are engraved on the stones, together with verses from the Bible.

Memorial stones placed in memory of those who died in concentration camps during the war.

Memorial stones placed in memory of those who died in concentration camps during the war. Photo: Lisa Smets

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