Somewhere deep in South Africa is a place called Orania. A small village tucked away deep in the dry Karoo. There are just about 1000 people who live there, close to 100% is Afrikaner.

When you want to live there you have to become a shareholder of the place. And in order to get a share you have to support the principles of Orania.  The village was bought in 1990 by round about 40 Afrikaner families. The name and inheritance of Hendrik Verwoerd, one of the architects of apartheid, is honored in this place.

Michael Hammond invaded this village armed with a camera. He took his shots and he took beautifiul shots. He put them in a book, with words accompanying the pictures. The words are written by Hanlie Retief.

When you follow the link you can see a few of these pictures.  

Orania Extract 79


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I enjoy reading about Africa. New books. Old books. By African writers. By non-African writers. Novel. History. Travel. Biographies. Autobiographies. Politics. Colonialism. Poetry.

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