Lizzie van Zyl, a Boer girl, who died in the British Bloemfontein concentration camp in South Africa during the 2nd Boer War (1899-1902). It was estimated that 27,927 Boer (of whom 22,074 were children under 16) and 14,154 black Africans died of starvation, disease and exposure in these camps preceding the Nazi ones by 37 years. The British used deportation to the camps as a weapon against Boer guerrillas.
Winston Churchill (1874-1965), during the South African Boar War, as a reporter for the MORNING POST. He gained celebrity after his capture, imprisonment and daring escape from a POW camp in Pretoria. Ca. 1900.
Lizzie Van Zyl was a Boer child who died in the British Concentration Camp in Bloemfontein in South Africa. 26,000 women and children died in the British concentration camps at the turn of the 19th to 20th Century. As an Englishman I can not escape this dear little girl and what she represents to me in history. My Great Uncle fought in this war and I carry this shame in my soul.