Poverty - the problem of all mankind

In stories about poverty in Africa race has always played a significant role. Photographer Finbarr O'Reilly arrived in South Africa this year and visited one of the many camps Afrikaners - the white South Africans - to preserve their stories and show that, despite the fact that the number of poor blacks in the region is far superior to whites, poverty - the problem all mankind, regardless of race. "While the majority of South Africans still enjoy life relatively wealthy and privileged, the number of poor whites steadily increasing the past 15 years. Now researchers have found that about 450,000 whites live below the poverty line, and 100,000 people are just trying to survive in places like Coronation Park - the former camp, home to more than 400 squatters. Previously prosperous Afrikaners, are now forced to live on the edge of society, consider themselves "victims of reverse apartheid", which, according to them, puts them in a more difficult position than millions of poor black population.

57-year-old Andre Coetzee drinking coffee in camp for the poor in Krugersdorp on March 6. After the economic crisis for many whites came difficult times. (REUTERS / Finbarr O'Reilly)

64-year-old Mara Udvesfigitsen sits in his tent in Krugersdorp. (REUTERS / Finbarr O'Reilly)

Lucas Gous smokes in camp for the poor in Krugersdorp on March 6. (REUTERS / Finbarr O'Reilly)

Boy playing cricket in a camp for poor white Africans. (REUTERS / Finbarr O'Reilly)


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