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Losing a voice

Katrina Esau teaching a class in Upington, Northern Cape

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Katrina Esau is working hard make sure that the language of her childhood outlives her

Katrina Esau is working hard to save the language of her childhood from dying out.

At 84, Ms Esau is one of the last three fluent speakers of N|uu, one of the languages spoken by South Africa’s San community, also known as Bushmen.

N|uu is considered the original language of southern Africa.

With no other fluent speakers in the world apart from this family, the language is recognised by the UN as “critically endangered”.

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