Press Review 1 September 2018

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Xenophobic looting death toll rises to three 30 August 2018

At least three people have now died after violence aimed at immigrant-run spaza shops erupted in Soweto yesterday, with shop owners rushing to police stations for protection and later being evacuated from the troubled areas. Police confirmed on Thursday morning that another victim passed away in hospital overnight.

South Africa is on a perilous path to making criminals of people on the move 16 August 2018

Over the past decade, the world has been marked by increasingly restrictive responses by states to people on the move. Governments frame asylum seekers, refugees and migrants as a security threat and, in doing so, criminalise the most vulnerable and those seeking to help them —including humanitarian organisations. The cumulative effect is a normalisation of heavy-handed restrictive policies that erode humanity. These entail containment policies that use fences, or plans for walls, or deterrence policies that use poor standards of reception and detention, as well as push-backs on land and sea. Are these repressive state responses, which capitalise on domestic fears, the sole preserve of the West? Not at all, argues Agnes Musonda and Liesbeth Schockaert from MSF Southern Africa.


In South Africa’s migrant communities, food offers a sense of belonging  16 August 2018

Repeated waves of xenophobic violence have swept across South Africa in recent years. Human Rights Watch estimates that in April 2015 alone, more than 2,900 people were internally displaced because of the violence. As a result, migrants have gathered together to form their own communities – Somali Town is one of these. Stepping out of the car in Somali Town is like crossing a threshold into a different city. Though it is a mere 15 minutes’ drive from downtown Cape Town with its hustle and bustle, it seems far away. “When it comes to food, you can start with whatever you have. Even if it’s just enough to buy two eggs. You can boil them and go to the street and sell them. Slowly you work your way up. We help each other here. That’s how it works,” says Fatima.


Abuja forces refugees into wasteland 30 August 2018

The Nigerian government has ordered displaced people to return to an unsafe area as pressure mounts to show progress in the war against Islamist groups ahead of a presidential election, according to sources familiar with the situation. Those who have gone back say they only did so because the officials told them they would get no more aid if they remained in refugee camps. Returnees say their home area of Guzamala in the northeast is not safe and they cannot earn a living there.


Millions of Refugee Children Going Without Schooling, UNHCR Report shows 29 August 2018

Four million refugee children do not attend school, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, says in a report released today. This is an increase of half a million of out-of-school refugee children in just one year. The report, Turn the Tide: Refugee Education in Crisis, shows that, despite the efforts of governments, UNHCR and its partners, enrolment of refugee children in school is failing to keep pace with the growing refugee population. By the end of 2017, there were more than 25.4 million refugees around the world, 19.9 million of them under UNHCR’s mandate. More than half – 52 per cent – were children. Among them, 7.4 million were of school age.





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