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Darren Stein worked in the townships and squatter camps around Johannesburg and Soweto from 1992-1996. His fields included adult literacy, voter education, election monitoring, and subsequently, the Community Policing Project which worked towards building reconciliation between local community groups and the Post-Apartheid police forces. After suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder caused by his exposure to the extreme violence of the period, he immigrated to Sydney, Australia. He is married with two children and is now a much-loved and inspirational history teacher. His poems have appeared in various anthologies, including Over the Rainbow (1996), The Liquid Mirror (1998) and An Endless Place (1999).