Looking over the wall at the former Shark Island Concentration Camp at Luderitz in the ǁKaras Region of Namibia, Africa. The prisoners held on Shark Island were used as forced labour throughout the camp's existence, working on infrastructure projects such as railway construction, the building of the harbour, and flattening and levelling Shark Island through the use of explosives.
Research was conducted by the German doctors on the skulls of dead prisoners and on prisoners with scurvy. In 2001 a number of these skulls were returned from German institutions to Namibia. The captured women were forced to boil heads of their dead inmates (some of whom may have been their relatives or acquaintances) and scrape remains of their skin and eyes with shards of glass, preparing them for examinations by German universities.
Photographed March 2014 - © 2014 Ian Gavagan & Lesley Bray - All Rights Reserved.
NamibiaKaras RegionAfricaLuderitzShark IslandǁKaras RegionNamib DesertDesertShark Island Concentration CampDiamond Coast