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Suffer the Children


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A report from inside South Africa
'You just say you're lucky your children are still alive.' So says the mother of a black 14-year-old boy who had suffered at the hands of the Security Police.
Documentaries from South Africa are rare these days because of the restrictions on reporting. This disturbing film focuses on the children of South Africa, both black and white, growing up under apartheid.
Some of the organised opposition to apartheid is taking place in the schools, so the children have become directly involved in the conflict.
Since the present State of Emergency came into force nearly two years ago, more than 10,000 children have been arrested and detained.
In this film, mothers, lawyers, priests and the children themselves allege that children as young as 11 have been tortured by the Security Police, and have been held for months in detention without charge. Many are said to suffer long-term physical and psychological damage. Narrated by Hugh Quarshie
A Penumbra production for BBCtv


Unknown: Hugh Quarshie
Unknown: Jimi Matthews
Editor: Graham Whitlock
Director: Nicholas Claxton

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Suffer the Children

BBC One London, 8 June 1988 21.30

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