The Devil Runs This Place

by
Abby Zimet

Residents line up for food.

As South Africa spends billions on stadiums and airports for the
upcoming World Cup, poor residents swept out of the cities languish in a
"temporary relocation area" many liken to a concentration camp worse
than the townships of apartheid. Blikkiesdorp, or Tin Can Town, boasts sweltering corrugated
shacks, no showers, broken toilets, brutal police, little food, rampant
TB and only dust and stones as playgrounds.

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