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The Second Bullet

Transgenerational Impacts of the Trauma of Conflict within a South African and World Context
  • Michael A. Simpson
Part of the The Plenum Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)

Abstract

Few people have had access to Southern Africa’s most feared perpetrators, members of the notorious killing team called Koevoet, an “antiguerrilla” group of the South African army, which fought in Namibia. Members wore T-shirts inscribed “Murder is our business: And business is good!” “Sometimes we killed them quickly, sometimes we killed them slowly.... We felt fantastic. We drank a beer and said a short prayer: ‘Thank you, Lord.’” The group killed large numbers of black guerrillas representing the Namibian forces that now govern that country. These former killers speak of the satisfaction it gave them, commenting, “After a day, you must have another kill, to feel the adrenaline in your blood.”

Keywords

Traumatic Stress Political Violence Black Youth Vietnam Veteran Repressive Regime 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael A. Simpson
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  1. 1.National Centre for Psychosocial and Traumatic StressPretoriaSouth Africa

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