CHAPTER 33

AFRICA

JUSTIN ALLEN AND ELIJAH LITHEKO

June 16, 1976, was a cold day in Soweto township. Fifteen-year-old Refentse marched with her fellow students to protest the oppression of the apartheid regime, chanting and yelling at the police as they glared back at the youths. Suddenly, the police opened fire. “They didn’t give any warning. They simply opened fire. . . . And small children, small defenseless children, dropped down like swatted flies. . . . ”1 The world seemed to explode around her, and when the dust settled, several of her friends lay bleeding in the dirt. Refentse has never forgotten the horror. That day she promised herself that she would some how and in some way change the world. She would find a way to create opportunity ...

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