On reading my post about growing up in the Kruger National Park and chatting to their Grandma who still lives right by one of the main entrances to Kruger,namely Kruger Gate (Phalaborwa) The kids wants to go visit Kruger Park this coming weekend.., I don't. Any of you watched the movie "The Ghost and The Darkness"...? I have a overactive imagination!! I have watched that movie once too often! Just a mere couple of years ago a refugee who had been stalked by a lioness, thought he was safely through the Park and, exhausted, fell asleep behind a shopping mall in the town of Phalaborwa.....only to be pounced on and eaten by that same lioness right there behind the mall!!! She was shot by VERY shocked and shaken policemen....Sound far fetched? Google it...!
We have heard many stories told about lions; lion attacks,man eaters,encounters with lions in the bush, but today my thoughts are channelled specifically along the lines of the Mozambican refugees trying to escape atrocious circumstances by making a run for South Africa. The only way out is through the Kruger National Park and it's ferocious man eating / opportunist, lions... Many of them make it, no-one truly knows how many doesn't...As a child I can remember seeing the police vans filled with Mozambican refugees that were caught in the Park, on their way to the police station in Phalaborwa (which was where we went to school). Never did it cross my mind as to what those refugees must have lived through, as from the very first night they crept under the 3 000 volt electric fence which was the border between RSA and Mozambique.
Occasionally we would overhear something the adults would be talking about, but overall we were protected from the gruesome realities those poor people suffered. During the bloody war in Mozambique it was either starve to death,be killed by militants or cross the border and go to Joni (Johannesburg) ,the land of milk and honey(so they thought). Anyway, I came across this fascinating piece written in 2003, So I ask again..,have you watched "The Ghost and The Darkness?" If you have you should feel a tingling down your spine about now...if you feel brave, read this very interesting article here