Faces of South Africa

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Woman From the Namaqualand Outback

The arid Namaqualand region is also known as the Garden of the Gods, because every August and September, Namaqualand bursts into a profusion of wildflowers.

There are relatively few old South Africans—only 1 in 20 is older than 65. And due in large part to the AIDS epidemic, deaths slightly exceeded births in South Africa in 2004, according to the CIA World Factbook. The result: a shrinking population.

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—Photograph courtesy South African Tourism
 
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