Emily Hobhouse travels to South Africa

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Emily Hobhouse

Friday, 7 December 1900

English social worker and reformer Emily Hobhouse, renowned for her exposure of conditions in concentration camps for Boer women and children during the Second South African War/ Anglo Boer War 2, set sail for South Africa. During the first five months of 1901 she visited many of the camps in the Orange Free State and Northern Cape and was appalled by the conditions. She set up the South African Women and Children Distress Fund to feed, clothe and shelter women and children. Due to limited time and resources, she did not visit the camps for Blacks, although she urged the Guild of Loyal Women to do so. Her indictment of conditions in the camps caused her to be severely criticised in Britain. On her second arrival in Table Bay in October 1901, she was denied further access to the camps and deported under martial law.

References:
• Cloete, P.G. ( 2000). The Anglo-Boer War: a chronology, Pretoria: Lapa, p. 218.
• Achome,"HISTORY AND ORIGINS OF THE ARTS & CRAFTS MOVEMENT IN SOUTH AFRICA",From: Achome,[Online], avaialable at: www.achome.co.uk,[Accessed : 25 November 2013]

Last updated : 25-Nov-2013

This article was produced for South African History Online on 16-Mar-2011