￼During my one year stay in Cape Town, 2008, I met Ruth Jones.
She cooks and cleans for a production company in City Bowl, Cape Town, where I also worked. I realized early on how religious Ruthy is, what strong survival instincts she was born with, and how she has been dealing with growing up in a violent township like Manenberg.
When she was 14 years old, Ruthy was raped by a man who worked at her local swimming pool. Pregnant and unable to finish her schooling, Ruthy returned to the Anglican Church in Manenberg, the place where she was baptized and the one constant in her turbulent life. Here she feels safe, that her life has more meaning, and that she is able to help the new generation of Manenberg children cope with the demands of this often violent society.
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