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Alan Paton
From the archives: Natal Violence Perils S. Africa Blacks' Struggle

EZAKHIWENI, South Africa -- The valley is eerily quiet. A large school stands empty, its windows broken and chairs piled up outside like firewood. The general store's black gates are padlocked. A thousand houses are shut tight, curtains drawn, the inhabitants gone. Abandoned dogs pad along the empty red-clay footpaths. And up on the green hilltop are 10 fresh graves. Elizabeth Ndimande returned home briefly the other day to prepare a hot meal of beans for her six children. But she didn't plan to stay long. "Everyone has run away," she said. "Now we sleep in the forest." She knows there are others there, too. "I hear their children crying at...

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