British Terrorism against Boer civilians. How Britain destroyed the two Boer republics by starving civilians in concentration camps during the Anglo Boer War (1899-1902) by Elma Ross. $6.00. 107 pages. Publisher: Amazon; 2 edition (July 14, 2011)
"This work for scholars and history buffs gathers primary sources to tell the story of the sieges of the towns of Ladysmith, Magersfontein, Spion Kop, Kimberley, and Mafeking during the Boer War that began in late 1899 (also known as the Second Boer War or the Great Boer War). The book presents daily despatches (dispatches) written by commanders of the British Army, describing tactics, campaigns, and command issues on a day to-day basis." - ProtoView, 2016
Lizzie Van Zyl (1894 - 9 May 1901) was a child inmate of Bloemfontein concentration camp who died from typhoid fever during the Second Boer War. The British incarcerated her following the refusal of her father, a Boer combatant, to surrender. Unable to speak English, she was labelled an idiot by the English-speaking doctor and his nurses, who were unable to understand her.
Personal recollections testify that there were beatings and kicking of "Undesirables" in the camps by the British soldiers. The British burned the homesteads, killed livestock and destroyed crops. Women and children of burghers in the field were labeled "Undesirables" treated much worse than those of men who had surrendered.
Members of New Zealand's Sixth Contingent burn a Boer farm, 1901. This photograph was possibly taken by Private William Raynes. During the second phase of the war Boer farms were often cleared of their inhabitants: houses and possessions were burned and the livestock either taken by the British or destroyed. As a result of this method, more than 30,000 farms were burnt and up to 3.6 million sheep were destroyed.