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.

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.

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.

Boer mounted "commandos" made formidable guerrilla foes of the British Army during the Second Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1902.

Boer mounted "commandos" made formidable guerrilla foes of the British Army during the Second Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1902.

Winston Churchill (right) as a P.O.W. along with other Brits in the Boer War, 1899.

Winston Churchill (right) as a P.O.W. along with other Brits in the Boer War, 1899.

Boer War Camp Inmates, from Hobhouse, The Brunt  of the War, Metheun 1902

Boer War Camp Inmates, from Hobhouse, The Brunt of the War, Metheun 1902

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.

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.

Boer women and children in a British concentration camp during the Boer war circa 1901. Total War - Photograph of Boer civilians in a British concentration camp. National Army Museum

Boer women and children in a British concentration camp during the Boer war circa 1901. Total War - Photograph of Boer civilians in a British concentration camp. National Army Museum

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