A different look at consentration camps from a different war Africa
by Daniel Vliet on 06/20/13
The British had taken prisoners during the Boer War. These
prisoners were not all Dutch settlers fighting in Africa.
The 20,000 prisoner were dependent on the leaders of the camp to supply food
and water and hygiene needs, while the prisoners stayed at the camp. Although
the amount of prisoners kept growing some prisoners were captured in the battle
of Elandslaagte and Paardeberg.
The locations of these camps were in Bermuda and India and also Ceylon
and St. Helena .The prisoner used art as a way
to express themselves during their stay at these camps. The artistic items were
used has a type of money system within the camps. Some items were sold in local
shops in Bermuda; the proceeds were given back
to the prisoners of war
The soldier made boxes and picture frames out of unused
stuff they found on their walk and around camps. The prisoners made toys for
their children also. Item with a snake on it was thought to mean the artist was
a guerilla soldier. This type of folk art was made to express the sorrow of not
being home with their families. The prison camp went on a year after the war.
Although prisoner is never truly happy by any means art may have relived the
blues. The families of the prisoners were saddened also. Many of the surviving
artwork has survived to the present day and is housed and cataloged in the
South African National Museum of Military History in Johannesburg.
The Battle of Elandslaagte 21 October 1899/The Battle of Paardeberg 18/27
Fransjohan Pretorius.Boer Prisoner of War Art
History Today; Mar 2006; 56, 3; Research Library, pg 31
Allan Sinclair.Boer Prisoner of war handcraft at the South
African National Museum of Military History.Military History Journal-Vol 11 No
American Renaissance .