Holy Spirit Visits the Rock & Gem Show
He visited the ghettos of Soweto; a city of 3 million people, nearly all of whom were black. The hospital he toured was a one-story building with hundreds of patient rooms. The sanitary conditions were miserable and all the patients were black. The only whites allowed in the hospital were doctors. Each patient room had one bed. Most of the rooms had four patients; two lying in opposite directions on the mattress, with two more patients lying under the bed on the floor.
He told me about seeing a line of about 50 women outside the hospital, waiting their turn to go inside. All the women were 9 months pregnant and about to deliver their babies. They waited in line until just before the birth, then a man would take them quickly inside for the delivery.
He also told me about visiting the white-only hospital, the floors of which were so clean you could eat off them. All the staff at this hospital were white except housekeeping. The rooms were very nice. He told me about hearing the alarm that went off every night at 6:00 to announce that blacks had exactly one hour to return to the ghetto for the evening.
I love hearing about how things were years ago. It makes me appreciate a little more the freedoms we have today.