Bloemfontein Concentration Camp Essay
The Boer war has recently ended and the British have won the war. Thanks to Ms.Hobhouse’s help and her observations on the Bloemfontein concentration camp, our organization is willing to create awareness about the past events in South Africa.
The British created “refugee” camps (31 in total), and kept the women and children whose houses had been burnt there. For the British, this meant that the Boers who were fighting at the moment, would no longer be able to obtain food or other needs from their families. Moreover, it also meant that the men wouldn’t get to see their families. Nevertheless, their main goal was to demoralise the Boers by leaving their women and children …show more content…
Furthermore, the Bloemfontein camp hospital had a particularly bad reputation. The wards were dirty and unruly; the place was noisy as staff tramped up and down in nailed boots. Patients would be kept together in a room with other 10 different people. Shockingly, patients wouldn’t be separated by sex, age, or ailment. The Mothers weren’t allowed to visit their children, even if they were dying. They were only allowed to visit them once a week for only five minutes. Most of the deaths in this concentration camp were caused by Pneumonia, dysentery, and diarrhoea. Diarrhoea caused the death of 29 babies in February 1901.
Daily Diet for the Prisoners
In concentration camps, there were two types of prisoners. The “Refugees” which were usually