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Concentration Camps Commission

Description: Cd 893
Concentration Camps Commission.
Report on the concentration camps in South Africa, By the Committee of Ladies appointed by the Secretary of State for War.
Containing reports on the Camps in Natal, The Orange River Colony and the Transvaal.
London 1902
i + 208pp
Boxed, black material
Blue wraps, black letterpress to front, back and spine.

In response to national agitation over the question of concentration camps (much of it caused by Emily Hobhouse), the War Office appointed a Commission of Ladies to inspect the camps and report their findings.  Under the presidency of Mrs. Fawcett the commissioners embarked for South Africa in July 1901.  In a tour extending over four months they visited all the camps with the exception of that at Port Elizabeth.  All aspects of camp organization and administration were examined including location, issue of rations, water supply, sanitation, medical facilities and education.  The inspectors initiated many valuable reforms and as a result of their recommendations, conditions at the camps steadily improved.  By February 1902 the general death rate had reduced dramatically.  The volume is comprised of seperate reports on establishments under Natal, O.R.C. and Transvaal administration together with the general report and appendices.

:- R.G Hackett - South African War Books - P109 and  156

Author: Committee of Ladies
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