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As the pigeon flies: South Africa's unity race

As the pigeon flies: South Africa's unity race

The truck drivers parked in dry scrub beside the highway, lit fires to ward off the evening cold and waited until dawn to release their cargo. They were a few hundred meters outside Hanover, a small town deep in South Africa’s Karoo semidesert. The trucks had traveled nearly 24 hours from Cape Town, tracing old apartheid patterns as they departed the city. They were carrying a total of 15,912 pedigreed pigeons.