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This Photo Galvanized the World Against Apartheid. Here’s the Story Behind It

Hector pieterson soweto uprising apartheid sam nzima

“There was a big debate,” recalls Sam Nzima. “This picture is going to horrify the people,” one editor said. “If we use this picture, it’s going to spark civil war in South Africa.” Another countered that there was no better illustration of what was happening in Soweto. Children had been killed by the apartheid police. The latter argument won, and The World published an evening Extra edition

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