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Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin

Naema Erasmus lives next door to Abdullah. She’s 11 years old.

I live in Mitchell’s Plain with my mother. It’s not a bad place. The only downside to it is that there are a lot of gangs living there. They aren’t good because they tend to shoot and stab people for no apparent reason. Most of the times I don’t feel safe walking around alone. At times I get angry at my mother for sending me to the shops alone. I get terrified and scared of being stabbed. Everyday I think about what would happen to me if my mother got shot. Or sometimes I think about what would happen to my mother if I got shot. It’s not a nice way to live in fear everyday. It really makes me angry but I like it here and I don’t think I would ever move. I’m happiest when my mother buys me clothes. I don’t know why, maybe it’s because I’m a girl. Do boys get excited when they get clothes?