“At the root of this dilemma is the way we view mental health in this country. Whether an illness affects your heart, your leg or your brain, it’s still an illness, and there should be no distinction.” – Michelle Obama South Africa has taught and has allowed me to experience more things than I could… Continue reading Complexities of Mental Health
This past week our class visited the District Six Museum, while in Cape Town. We also got the opportunity to see a musical called District Six Kanala. These experiences along with other sights that we visited throughout our time here in South Africa opened my eyes to the things that were happening to such large… Continue reading Home Is Where The Heart Is
Oppression is a central theme throughout human history, and Apartheid represents a tiny sliver in the endless circle of human conflict. It never ceases to amaze me how rampant oppression is throughout all parts of the world, yet how it is also seemingly unexpected. All oppressors aim to redact the emotional, cognitive, and physical well… Continue reading Apartheid’s Lingering Effects on HIV/AIDS (by Ben Gordon)
Following the recent visit to Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg, I sat wondering how so many years have passed and yet so little has changed. The violence, overcrowding, poor sanitation, and diseases found at Number Four were not contained within the walls of the prison. Though the doors of Number Four officially closed in 1983, these… Continue reading An Unjust Parallel (By: Meagan Richardson)
Art is a catalyst. It can humanize and showcase the voices of those who many not possess another place or platform to articulate their pain and struggle. It unleashes liberty, to unearth not only worth in the world around us, but also merit inside ourselves, in our own intangible thoughts and dreams. It is an… Continue reading Art: At the HeART of Health (By: Hannah Podhorzer)
This picture captures a memorial dedicated to those who took part in the liberation struggle for South Africa. Each metal piece represents a book with no name and no title. Everyone has a different story and all cannot be depicted at Liliesleaf, but all of them can be remembered.
Brandi Williams – Photography Blog This image depicts a building in Imizamo Yethu, with the quote “a light shining in the darkness.” These words describe the character and resilience of the people living in each of the townships we visited. In dark conditions, they had bright spirits that could shine through and touch each of us.