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Youth Day Message

by Margaux Bergman
16 Jun 2006
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The media is seen as a huge part of our daily lives, sometimes we take it for granted that our stories will always be told, however small, yet we see, we hear and watch the celebrations of what happened on the 16th June 1976, the day a twelve year old Hector Pieterson's life-less body was carried in the streets of Soweto and how everyone remembers that image... an image so clear in their heads


Yes, June 16th is a day to remember for the friends, family of those who were slain on that fateful day, as they stood together as youth fighting for a cause they believed in... fighting against the oppression due to a language, Afrikaans. This language that was imposed in Township Schools.
It was the day that Hastings Ndlovu lost his life.He was in fact the first child to have been shot. One could only imagine what it must have been like, and yet this is just one example of how youth have made countless sacrifices for something they truly believed in. Back in our own communities, each individual must remember this day, not for the fact that it's the 30th anniversary of June 16th, but rather because the youth of today are still up against challenges and battles that resurface day after day, month after month and year after year. Let's not forget about that, let's also not forget that youth on the Cape Flats are faced with the task of going to schools where drug dealers are as present as the parks that these children play in.
These are their challenges, and in reflection, I would like to think about the youth of Athlone... strong dignified youth we as Athlone Residents come to respect as we remember those who sacrificed themselves in the Fight for Freedom, Athlone's Fallen Heroes. We remember Cristopher Truter, Ashley Kriel, Coline Williams, Robert Waterwich, Michael Miranda, Shaun Magmoed, and Jonathan Claasen we at www.athlone.co.za salute you as well as the many others who were injured, detained and tortured, may the youth of today learn from this recent past as the struggles they are faced with today need to dealt with with the same determination and in a positive and righteous way.
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