Country of My Skull
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in South Africa oversaw three committees dealing with human rights violations, reparations and amnesty post-Apartheid. Hearings began in 1996 and Krog led the radio news team covering the proceedings for the South African Broadcasting Corporation. For two years she travelled around the country with the TRC that was presided over by Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, listening to ordinary people tell their stories of terror and torture.
Afrikaner author and poet Antjie Krog is best known for her account of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which was set up to investigate crimes committed by all sides during the apartheid era. Born in 1952 in South Africa’s Free State, Krog was seventeen when she wrote in a school magazine: “Give me a land where black and white hand in hand/Can bring peace and love to my beautiful land” an early indication of her future work as a poet, author and activist. She has also worked as a journalist, teacher, and lecturer and is currently based at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa.