poor children suffered the most. They cried because of the cold, hunger, thirst and
exposure and their mothers were helpless. When a journey was very long, they sometimes
received dry, stale hop bread to eat.
the gushing rain poured down on the women, children and their small bundles. Their
belongings were drenched. Wet clothes had to dry on their bodies.
heavy, dirty goat skins where available, it was so full of holes or else so stuffy that
the people almost suffocated. Sometimes the skins had to be cut open to let fresh air in.
women could not sleep or rest in these train trucks, because they were to full. Trucks
that were usually used for the moving of 15 cattle, were used for 30 to 50 people!
there were no private amenities available, thus persons had to answer the call of nature
in front of everybody. In the presence of children and young boys, births took place in
the cattle trucks. Most of the times with deadly consequences for mother and baby. One can
but wonder where those poor mothers and babies were buried.
Emily Hobhouse writes: "The people, most of
whom were unfit to travel, were sent to a marsh in Natal like
or carried infection to a healthy camp like Howick... they were exposed to poignant
sufferings on the journey."