After refusing food for 38 days to highlight the plight of South Africa's Nyanga Squatters, Anglican nun Sister Mary Francis has ended her fast.
GV PAN Tent village of Nyanga squatters; and cross with orange plastic cover sheltering Sister Mary Francis.
SV/SV Cross and plastic cover sheltering Sister Mary Francis. (2 SHOTS)
GV/SV Refugees and children feeding inside tent. (2 SHOTS)
GV Refugees milling around tents.
SV Sister Mary Francis emerges from cover to speak to squatter after ending her fast.
SV PAN Squatters breaking into song as Sister Mary Francis emerges from under her plastic cover. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: After refusing food for 38 days to highlight the plight of South Africa's Nyanga Squatters, Anglican nun Sister Mary Francis has ended her fast. Sister Mary had lived with the refugees for seven months in their tent camp, just outside the Cape Province capital of Cape Town. Up to 800 blacks have been living at the Crossroads Nyanga camp since April 1, when the government promised to investigate their applications to stay in Cape Town. Enduring extreme weather conditions...from bitterly cold rain, to scorching hot sun.. and with only a plastic dome to shelter her, Sister Mary spent the weeks of her fast praying, and talking with the people in the camp. With mounting concern for her health, the nun agreed early in the week of October 3 to end the hunger strike. Sister Mary said she hoped her fast would promote a favourable response from the government and that the Nyanga people would be able to return to Cape Town and lead a normal family life.