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Heart of Harrington Street

 The Big Issue South Africa 17 February 2014

South African Elizabeth Barrett has been an inspiration to many people. Discriminated against during the apartheid era for being in love with a white man, and also experiencing homelessness first hand, Barrett’s past made her determined to care for others. Photographer Nicholas Eppel was documenting her life when a fire destroyed her home on Harrington Street in Cape Town. During the blaze Barrett entered the burning building to rescue one of the 14 children she was caring for. (819 Words) - By Nicholas Eppel

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Elizabeth making wild watermelon jam for her daughters.Photo: Nicholas Eppel

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Morne, grandson of Elizabeth Barrett, throwing his cousin Jason in the air outside the Harrington Street house.Photo: Nicholas Eppel

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Watching Knight Rider in the lounge.Photo: Nicholas Eppel

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Elizabeth's second eldest daughter, Marilyn, during a prayer meeting in the lounge. An unemployed mother of three, Marilyn is a lay preacher in a small Apostolic church called Die Leer van Christus (The Teachings of Christ) based in Tafelsig on the Cape Flats. Many members of Elizabeth’s family belong to the church.Photo: Nicholas Eppel


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