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June 07, 2010 9:18PM

Emily Hobhouse (1860-1926)

Emily Hobhouse is mainly remembered for her key role in exposing the appalling conditions - and the very high death rate - in the concentration camps established by the British Army in South Africa for (some) Boer and black civilians, especially women and children, during the Second Boer War of 1899-1902.

Her reports on conditions in the camps led to a public outcry in Britain.

When she died in 1926 she was cremated in England and, in accordance with her will, her ashes were buried in South Africa.