SOUTH AFRICA: Soweto: The Children Take Charge

One year ago, on June 16, the fury and frustration of South Africa's blacks exploded in rioting at Soweto, the huge (estimated population: 1.2 million) amalgam of segregated townships on the outskirts of Johannesburg. The violence —and counterviolence by South African security forces—spread to other black ghettos. By the time the "disturbances" subsided in December, 618 had died, nearly half the number of lives lost in Ulster's eight years of bloody civil strife.

Soweto (an acronym for southwest townships) remembered its grim anniversary last week in a solemn moratorium that its residents,...

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