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Shocking! The Life Of Sarah Baartman's - South African Woman Displayed In France by tinafix: 11:38am On Nov 18, 2015
Strange, interesting and shocking story of Sarah 'Saartjie' Baartman. You really need to read this story about this woman. I first come across the name on 'Arinze Tabansi' timeline who says, 'When you pray for France do not forget to pray for that South African lady Sarah Baartman' Not until now I don't know who she was. I was curious and wanted to know more about this woman, alas! researching further, I felt so much pity, almost close to weeping after reading the story of her lifetime until death. Relax and read this brief story about 'Sarah Baartman',sometimes likened to an orangutan.

Sara ‘Saartjie’ Baartman was born in 1789* at the Gamtoos river in what is now known as the Eastern Cape. She belonged to the cattle-herding Gonaquasub group of the Khoikhoi. Sara grew up on a colonial farm where her family most probably worked as servants. Her mother died when she was aged two and her father, who was a cattle driver, died when she reached adolescence. Sara married a Khoikhoi man who was a drummer and they had one child together who died shortly after birth.

Due to colonial expansion, the Dutch came into conflict with the Khoikhoi. As a result people were gradually absorbed into the labour system. When she was sixteen years old Sara’s fiancé was murdered by Dutch colonists. Soon after, she was sold into slavery to a trader named Pieter Willem Cezar, who took her to Cape Town where she became a domestic servant to his brother. It was during this time that she was given the name ‘Saartjie’, a Dutch diminutive for Sara.

On 29 October 1810, Sara allegedly ‘signed’ a contract with an English ship surgeon named William Dunlop who was also a friend of Cezar and his brother Hendrik. Apparently, the terms of her ‘contract’ were that she would travel with Hendrik Cezar and Dunlop to England and Ireland to work as domestic servant, and be exhibited for entertainment purposes. She was to receive a ‘portion of earnings’ from her exhibitions and be allowed to return to South Africa after five years. Two reasons make her ‘signing’ appear dubious. The first is that she was illiterate and came from a cultural tradition that did not write or keep records. Secondly, the Cezar families experienced financial woes and it is suspected that they used Sara to earn money.

Continue to read here. see more photos here (viewer discretion advised). http://tinaomone..com.ng/2015/11/shocking-life-of-sarah-baartmans-south.html#more

Re: Shocking! The Life Of Sarah Baartman's - South African Woman Displayed In France by mebad(m): 11:49am On Nov 18, 2015
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Re: Shocking! The Life Of Sarah Baartman's - South African Woman Displayed In France by tinafix: 11:59am On Nov 18, 2015
why would they ask to experiment her genitals and buttocks while still alive

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