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Sam Nzima lived in troubled times. As a photojournalist for The World newspaper, he covered many conflict situations through the apartheid years in South Africa but it was in 1976, and during the anti-Afrikaans Soweto uprising that thrust him into the spotlight with his photograph of a mortally wounded 12-year old boy being carried away by a teenager with his hysterical step-sister running alongside. The young boy was Hector Pieterson and he was to die from a stray bullet, fired by a policeman into the thick of the stampeding crowds. And it was Sam Nzima’s one unsparing picture that brought home the reality of the situation to the entire world.
Two blocks away from where the incident occurred is the Hector Pieterson Memorial Museum, opened on the 16 June 2002, exactly 16 years after the event, to commemorate his death and other youths that suffered the same fate during the uprising. The museum is a national... Show more