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Photographs of Africa by Pieter Boersma

Some time ago I processed a small collection of photographs by Dutch photographer Pieter Boersma, which he made during various AWEPA-missions in Southern and East-Africa between 1992 and 2005. A nice addition to our collection and a small but fitting tribute to Pieter Boersma who photographed so much in the region and contributed significantly to the broad Anti-Apartheid and Southern Africa solidarity movement.

The Pieter Boersma Photo Collection Southern and Eastern Africa consists of over 750 photographs of political events and social-economic conditions in a number of Southern and Eastern African countries. Topics include AWEPA election observation missions in South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique and Tanzania, AWEPA fact finding missions on living conditions and health (esp. HIV/AIDS) for refugees and people in general in these countries as well as Rwanda and Kenya, and economic activities, small business, labour and working conditions in esp. South Africa, Tanzania and Namibia. 89 of these photographs have been scanned and made visible in our online catalogue:


Beer factory in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. 1996.


Trade union demonstration for workers with HIV/AIDS in South Africa. 2000.