Knot just ribbons: church’s haunting tribute to Covid-19 victims

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Knot just ribbons: church’s haunting tribute to Covid-19 victims

For each life lost, Bedfordview’s St James church has tied a ribbon to its fence. Now it’s running out of space

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On a biting cold winter’s morning, church caretaker Silva Cossa stands at the fence line with a bucket of white satin ribbons.

The 62-year-old dutifully braids each length of fabric around each palisade in the quiet, his gnarled hands pausing only to greet a passing friend.

Silva is a practised hand. Every day he ties hundreds of ribbons to the fence outside the St James Presbyterian Church in Bedfordview, Ekurhuleni. He has done this thousands of times.       ..

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