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10 May 2021

The Guardian has been celebrating its 200th birthday and has been doing so with great elan; this week on the Post we pick out five women who have worked for it. First of all, Emily Hobhouse (1860-1926): 'During the second Boer war of 1899-1902, when Britain was in a jingoistic frenzy, the Guardian ran a campaign for peace, and reports by Emily Hobhouse exposed British concentration camps...the paper thereby demonstrated beyond any doubt that it stood up for its principles.' More detail about Emily herself here.  And here (scroll down to 1899) is one of her incredible reports 'from inside the internment centres where Boer women and children face squalor and starvation.'

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