Henk Rossouw

Henk Rossouw was a foreign correspondent for The Chronicle of Higher Education from 2001 to 2005. He is currently a Sauvé Scholar in Montréal, Canada.

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Mute Witnesses

T he morning sun glints against corrugated iron roofs scattered with car engines, beer crates and wire shopping carts. We are in Alexandra, one of the oldest shantytowns in Johannesburg, South Africa. Nelson Mandela rented a one-room shack here in the early 1940s. Today, dozens of yelling protesters push toward the backseat of a Toyota, where only a few red T-shirts bearing antiglobalization slogans remain to be had. Nearby, some 10,000 people wearing red headbands wait in the heat. There's a mother with a baby strapped to her back, and an old man with no teeth carrying a bag of oranges. Then there's blow-dried Naomi Klein, wearing yellow-tinted sunglasses. Six miles to the west, the high-rises of Sandton are vaguely visible through a brown haze. There, at a domed convention center not far from a mall styled after a Tuscan castle, 107 heads of state have gathered for the biggest conference in United Nations history. The subjects are water, energy, health, agriculture and biodiversity...