Entries by Jeni-Anne Campbell

“Armenian Genocide Relived,” Mail and Guardian

My paternal grandmother, Berjui Marashlian, is missing from the family photograph taken in 1926 to mark her family’s departure from Turkey and Syria to make a new life in São Paulo, Brazil. Berjui’s mother, Semma, the matriarch, is sitting on a bench in a plain, ill-fitting dress. Her husband is standing behind her in a […]

“A Sanctuary Torn Asunder,” City Press

For 14 years, the Central Methodist Church housed the homeless, but now they have nowhere to go The Central Methodist Church wasn’t perfect, but it provided hope to thousands of people in need. The fate of these people – and those who have yet to arrive in Joburg – hangs in the balance after the […]

“Sjambok Rule at Home Affairs,” City Press

‘We don’t want you here. We want this area clear,” says a man who hits us with a sjambok on the legs. It’s before 6am and pitch dark outside the Marabastad Home Affairs office in Pretoria. The man walks on, through the crowd of people queuing in the veld, giving others the same treatment. “We’ve […]