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Running head: QUESTION SET 5 1 Question Set 5 Emily Balestrini West Chester University Honors College October 18, 2018
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Running head: QUESTION SET 5 2 1. Identify three influences on Johannes’s life that present major obstacles from his having a “normal childhood.” Another way to think of this: what three images were most disturbing to you? (500-word maximum) Throughout the book, a number of images appeared drastically different than a “normal childhood.” Usually, this so-called “normal” childhood includes laughter, learning, and innocence, however, in Apartheid South Africa, childhood meant constant terror, hunger, and sacrifice. The most extreme difference came in the first few chapters of the book, when the Alexandra Police Squad (also known as Peri-Urban) raided the neighborhood. From the age of three, Johannes consistently found himself terrified by the police. Raids occurred almost weekly, and each time the police dragged away more blacks because they had committed ‘crimes’ such as unemployment or not having their passes in order. Parents, including Johannes’s, had to leave the children behind during the raids so they could run and hide from the police. Five-year-old Johannes often found himself in charge of his younger siblings while the police tore down their otherwise peaceful neighborhood. In addition to this fear, Johannes also learned to fear his father, who beat him when he did not listen. He sustained injuries frequently from his father because he hated the rituals and rules his father insisted on following. Hunger also relentlessly influenced Johannes’s childhood. When Johannes’s father loses his job and goes to jail, the family gets left without an income source, and can never afford food. Almost daily the children have to go without two meals, some days they do not eat any at all. Johannes comments he “came to accept hunger as a constant companion” (Mathabane, 1986, p.
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