Youth Citizenship in Divided Societies

South African General Elections 2014: Born Frees Under the Spotlight

 What does a generation mean?

The 7th of May 2014 was Election Day in South Africa. For the fifth time since Mandela's release in 1991, 18 million voters were called to cast their ballot. Just like in the previous elections, there was little uncertainty regarding the winner: the African National Congress (ANC) was credited with more than 60% of the votes. However, a new discourse came to dominate media space: the General Elections of 2014 would mark a turning point in the history of Democratic South Africa because 'Born Frees' would vote for the first time.

The Politics of Waiting

I keep reading about the ways that youth are waiting: waiting for education; waiting for jobs; waiting for prosperity; waiting for their futures to unfold. There are books about generations in waiting, about the wait for the future, and describing youth as existing in the state of 'awaithood.' Yet I don't see it. Consider some events in Bosnia-Herzegovina over the past year.

'I Am Not...'

 On January 21, 2014, a teenage girl was among the people killed when a car bomb exploded in the Hareit Kriek district of Beirut. Maria Jawhari was one of four people killed, but her story was particularly poignant. Just a week or so before her death, she sent a message to her friends: "This is 3rd bombing. Don't know if I'll die in the 4th."

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