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Photo gallery: family and friends, part 1

Bessie's ex-husband Harold Head, and with his second son Theo, in August 2005 on his first visit to Cape Town since he left under a banning order in 1962. Harold and Theo live in Ottawa, Canada. Harold has written and published numerous articles on South African artists, writers, and musicians in exile.
 
Bessie's son Howard Head, now 44, who continues to live in Bessie's little house in Serowe, Botswana.
 
Patrick van Rensburg, a fellow South African exile, many times befriended Bessie in Serowe. He often bailed her out and even saved her. Robert Sobukwe, founder of the PAC, was decisive in forming Bessie's political views. Both men appear in her writings. "The Coming of the Christ Child" was her final tribute to Sobukwe.
 
Mxolisi "Ace" Mgxashe, who was a fellow PAC refugee in Francistown, and Randolph Vigne, who befriended Bessie in Cape Town and later published her letters to him in A Gesture of Belonging. Ace promises many Bessie stories in volume II of his memoirs, Are You With Us?

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