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‘You run away to die sometimes’: The underworld of Cape Town’s stowaways

In and around South Africa’s harbours live the “beach boys”, an underground subculture of young men who seek better lives in other countries by hiding themselves in ships. Risking their lives, these young men attempt to board ships without being found. If discovered, shipping agents and owners can incur costs of between R80 and R120 per stowaway. This video follows Adam, a stowaway from Tanzania, and Sean Christie, whose book Under Nelson Mandela Boulevard tells the story of their friendship as well as of the wider stowaway community in Cape Town.

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