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Lutz van Dijk
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Lutz van Dijk, Ph.D., is a German-Dutch writer. Until 1990 he was barred from entering South Africa because of his anti-apartheid activities. Beginning in 1997 he traveled first to Namibia, and subsequently visited South Africa several times where he has lived since 2001. He is co-director of the HOKISA Foundation (Homes for Kids in South Africa, www.hokisa.co.za) which has set the goal of caring for children whose lives have been affected by AIDS.

In 1997 he won the Namibian Youth Literature Prize. His juvenile novel Township Blues, for which he received the German Gustav Heinemann Peace Prize in 2001, is read in South African schools in Xhosa, Afrikaans and English, and in Rwanda in French and English.
In 1999 he published jointly with Karin Chubb a report on the statements of juveniles before the South African Truth Commission (with a preface by Archbishop Desmond Tutu). In 2002 he served on a jury in Accra (Ghana) to judge a national juvenile essay contest on the topic of AIDS.
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