Human Rights Day
To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity
- Nelson Mandela
Today, March 21st 2016, marks the 56th anniversary of the Sharpeville Massacre when police opened fire on about 5000 people protesting the pass laws, which restricted the movement of non-whites across the country.
March 21st is now celebrated as Human Rights Day in South Africa the the International day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination worldwide.
It seemed fitting that we (my very Indian South African family) spent some of the day freely wandering Umhlanga and its surroundings, the area in which many sugarcane plantations and former whites-only beaches were situated.
There is a long way to go, we have new (and old) forms of racial discrimination and human rights abuses to fight. But our meanderings today were a simple and much-needed reminder to me that progress is possible.