Press Review 14-29 May 2015
eNCA, 15 May 2015
Rights groups are outraged by the latest raids police and soldiers are conducting across the country. Hundreds of people, many of them foreign nationals have been arrested in surprise visits and unannounced raids which started shortly after last month’s wave of xenophobic attacks in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. Activists are accusing government of being xenophobic while others say it enhances stigma against marginalised groups.
IRIN News, 15 May 2015
Human rights lawyers are interviewing hundreds of migrants rounded up last week in night raids by the South African police. The raids form part of a government operation launched by an inter-ministerial task team on migration that was set up in the wake of a wave of xenophobic attacks last month. The anti-foreigner violence left at least eight people dead and drove more than 5,000 people from their homes and businesses.
News 24, 17 May 2015
The government stated that a total of 5 645 foreign nationals have voluntarily left South Africa. Malawians formed the majority of those who chose to leave the country at 3 506 people. The remainder were 1 440 Zimbabweans, 682 Mozambicans, and 17 Tanzanians. A total of 418 Mozambicans were also deported to their home country.
eNCA, 24 May 2015
President Jacob Zuma took a swipe at the media at the Africa Day celebrations in Pretoria with reference to the way the xenophobic attacks in April were covered. ‘When we listen to media who sometimes exaggerate things we might think we have a problem, but it’s not true,’ said Zuma.
Business Day, 25 May 2015
African leaders urged the South African government to have more open borders to increase trade. The same call was echoed by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and the Gauteng City Region Observatory at a seminar held in Johannesburg pointing out at the benefits of migrants to the South African economy.
World News Inside Africa, 14 May 2015
The Zambian cabinet has officially approved a recommendation to grant former Rwandan refugees alternative status after the expiry of their refugee status. This follows the invocation of the ceased circumstances cessation clause in 2013.
eNCA, 20 May 2015
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe laid the blame for xenophobic violence in South Africa on white people saying that they still owned most of the land and had most opportunities.
KT Press, 24 May 2015
Reports from various sources indicate that the whereabouts of over 6100 refugees and asylum seekers from different countries among them 600 from Rwanda is unknown. According to reports, most refugees are accommodated at Osire refugee camp, 218 km north of the capital Windhoek and many are feared to be on the run.
Al Jazeera, 26 May 2015
Ilunga Malea Shabani from South Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been living in the refugee camp in Tanzania for nearly two decades. Shabani says that his future is unknown.
News Stories, 26 May 2015
The UN Refugee Agency in Geneva reported that the efforts to contain a cholera outbreak that killed 31 persons among them Burundian refugees in the western Tanzania’s Lake Tanganyika area are bearing fruits. The report says that the death toll is lower and new cases of infection have fallen.
UNHCR Refugee Agency News Stories, 26 May 2015
Following the recent spate of xenophobic attacks on foreigners in South Africa, a large number of Burundian and Congolese refugees are turning to the UNHCR for help. The UNHCR Deputy Regional Representative says that the immediate solution is re-integration into the community while a long-term option of resettlement to a third country is looked into.
The Washington Post, 14 May 2015
As Europe struggles to stem a spring flood of migrants from Africa and the Middle East trying to cross the deadly Mediterranean Sea, Israel has begun to toughen its stance towards refugees telling unwanted Africans here they must leave now or face an indefinite stay in prison.
Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2015
Yemen refugees escaping aerial bombardment and shelling end up facing a new and bewildering struggle in the camps. The camps are located in a remote coastal stretch where the scorching sun is unbearable and the shrieks of hyenas and jackals echo in the evening. To some refugees such as Rasha Abdullah, it is like ‘escaping one death to die 100 times’.
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