A woman looks out the window of her one-room hut at a squatter camp for poor white South Africans at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp, March 9, 2010. A shift in racial hiring practices and the recent global economic crisis means many white South Africans have fallen on hard times. Researchers now estimate some 450,000 whites, of a total white population of 4.5 million, live below the poverty line and 100,000 are struggling just to survive in places such as Coronation Park, a former caravan camp currently home to more than 100 white squatters.

Friends talk through the window of a one-room hut at a squatter camp for poor white South Africans at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp, March 6, 2010. While most white South Africans still enjoy lives of privilege and relative wealth, the number of poor whites has risen steadily over the past 15 years. White unemployment nearly doubled between 1995 and 2005, according to the country’s Institute for Security Studies.

Children walk through a squatter camp for poor white South Africans at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp, March 6, 2010.

Children play with a tyre used to block the entrance to a squatter camp for poor white South Africans, at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp, March 6, 2010. Under apartheid, introduced in 1948, whites enjoyed vast protection and sheltered employment. The weakest and least educated whites were protected by the civil service and state-owned industries operating as job-creation schemes, guaranteeing even the poorest whites a home and livelihood.

A family smokes together during a quiet moment at a squatter camp for poor white South Africans at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp, March 13, 2010. With their economic safety net now gone, South Africa’s unskilled whites find themselves on the wrong side of history, gaining little sympathy from those who perceive them as having profited unfairly during the brutal apartheid years.

Andre Coetzee, 57, drinks a mug of coffee at a squatter camp for poor white South Africans at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp, March 6, 2010. Trade union Solidarity says there are around 430,000 whites who live in squatter camps. Around the capital Pretoria alone there are 80 squatter settlements. There are over 2,000 much larger black squatter camps across South Africa.

A woman drives a car at a squatter camp for poor white South Africans at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp, March 13, 2010. Formerly comfortable Afrikaners recently forced to live on the fringes of society see themselves as victims of “reverse-apartheid” that they say puts them at an even greater disadvantage than the millions of poor black South Africans.

Residents wait a monthly supply of food aid donated to residents of a squatter camp for poor white South Africans at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp, March 6, 2010. This feeling of victimisation and abandonment by the state has forged at the camp a collective sense of fatalism, isolation and firm reliance on their Calvinist religion. Each of the camp’s ramshackle huts and tents is adorned with religious paraphernalia and an Afrikaans language bible.

A man receives a monthly supply of food aid donated to residents of a squatter camp for poor white South Africans at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp, March 6, 2010.

A woman pushes a cart with a monthly supply of food aid donated to residents of a squatter camp for poor white South Africans at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp, March 6, 2010.

Residents of a squatter camp for poor white South Africans line up for a communal meal at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp, March 12, 2010.

Residents of a squatter camp for poor white South Africans line up for a communal meal at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp, March 12, 2010.

Leone Smit, 41, does dishes in her shack while her son and his friend rest on a bed at a squatter camp for poor white South Africans at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp, March 6, 2010.

Andre Coetzee, 57, (L) sits with a neighbouring family at a squatter camp for poor white South Africans at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp, March 13, 2010.

Mara Udwesthuizen, 64, sits outside her tent home at a squatter camp for poor white South Africans at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp, March 6, 2010.

Vernon Nel, (L) cuts the hair of Reynard, 14, at a squatter camp for poor white South Africans at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp, March 6, 2010.

Lukas Gouws (C), 29, scolds a boy for digging up snakes at a squatter camp for poor white South Africans at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp, March 6, 2010.

Lukas Gouws, 29, smokes at a squatter camp for poor white South Africans at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp, March 6, 2010.

A girl cries after being beaten by her father, in their makeshift home at a squatter camp for poor white South Africans at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp, March 12, 2010.

A teenager plays cricket (C) at a squatter camp for poor white South Africans at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp, March 6, 2010.

People attend an Afrikaans Sunday service in a makeshift tent church at a squatter camp for poor white South Africans at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp, March 7, 2010.

Anna Snyders (C), 20, grieves beside her boyfriend, Donovan Durant, 23, at the funeral for their baby who died hours after she gave birth prematurely at a squatter camp for poor white South Africans at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp, March 12, 2010.

Anna Snyders, 20, (C) is comforted during the funeral for her baby who died hours after being born prematurely at a squatter camp for poor white South Africans, in Krugersdorp, March 12, 2010.

Donovan Durant (C), 23, carries the casket of his baby who died hours after being born prematurely while his girlfriend Anna Snyders, 20, (L) is comforted during a funeral service at a squatter camp for poor white South Africans at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp, March 12, 2010.

Residents work on reparing a car at a squatter camp for poor white South Africans at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp, March 6, 2010.

A resident works on reparing a car at a squatter camp for poor white South Africans at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp, March 6, 2010.

Rudolph, 12, does his homework in the kitchen of his family's shack at a squatter camp for poor white South Africans at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp, March 6, 2010.

Vincent Abbott, 42, enjoys an evening smoke as his wife Esther Botha, 41, knits on their bed inside their small single-room hut at a squatter camp for poor white South Africans at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp, March 9, 2010.

A girl puts her hair in a pony tail as she gets ready to walk to school from a squatter camp for poor white South Africans at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp, March 10, 2010.

A girl stops by a neighbour's fireplace before she walks to school from a squatter camp for poor white South Africans at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp, March 10, 2010.

Girls walk to school barefoot from a squatter camp for poor white South Africans at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp, March 10, 2010.

The sun rises over a squatter camp for poor white South Africans at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp, March 10, 2010.