Press Review 14 December 2015
News24, 18 November 2015
King Goodwill Zwelithini must “actively participate” in dialogue between South Africans and cross-border migrants to improve social cohesion in the country. This is one of the recommendations in the preliminary report of the parliamentary ad hoc committee probing violence against foreign nationals. The report, which was discussed yesterday, was due to be adopted this afternoon. The committee was established earlier this year after xenophobic attacks flared up in parts of the country. At least seven people died. The violence erupted shortly after Zwelithini’s controversial Pongola speech in which he told foreigners to go home. His remarks were widely reported in the media and condemned by civic groups as inciting xenophobia. The Human Rights Commission launched an investigation into his comments.
USA Today, 19 November 2015
Lydia Lusambo Tshanyi has undergone a horrific experience in her old home, before facing hardship in her new one. The 30-year-old was forced to flee the Democratic Republic of Congo for her life in 2007 because of political upheaval that led to civil war. But a year later, foreigners like her were attacked by locals who blamed them for taking their jobs. Her husband had to stop working, and all their possessions were stolen, she said. They ended up living at a camp for about six months. Now the family is back in Johannesburg, where she said their son was attacked and the family receives verbal abuse from locals.
Eyewitness, 26 November 2015
Parliament’s Ad hoc Committee set up to probe the root causes of violence against foreign nationals has found socio-economic conditions to be responsible, along with crime and political instability in people’s countries of origin. Committee chairperson Ruth Bhengu said, “The long-term solution to this complex situation is a collective effort by all governments in addressing socio-economic conditions as well as political instabilities on countries where that is the situation.” She was speaking in the National Assembly where the committee’s report was adopted yesterday but it came under fire from opposition parties for not going far enough.
allAfrica, 27 November 2015
The Right2Know Campaign strongly condemns the xenophobic attacks that took place in Grahamstown leaving 392 people without livelihoods and homeless. We demand that the national and provincial government and Makana Municipality take steps right now to protect foreigners against xenophobic attacks, integrate them safely back into the community, and start a real dialogue in the community to address the root causes of these attacks. Over the past few weeks foreign nationals have been attacked and harassed by some local residents without any condemnation or decisive action from government authorities. Instead, the Makana Municipality is playing a blame game by pointing a finger to a ‘third force’.
Mail & Guardian, 20 November 2015
Malawi’s Dzaleka refugee camp, a sprawling former political prison housing 20 000 displaced people, is an unlikely home for a vibrant arts festival. The Tumaini arts festival’s Congolese founder, Menes La Plume, is clear in his ambitions: he wants to change the way refugees are perceived across the world, and he’s doing so by showcasing their many creative talents. For the second year running, musicians, poets and dancers came together for the festival. This year’s edition featured 18 acts from Malawi, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
News24, 27 November 2015
Pope Francis on Friday hailed Uganda for its “outstanding” response in welcoming refugees as he began a two-day visit to this east African nation. “Here in East Africa, Uganda has shown outstanding concern for welcoming refugees, enabling them to rebuild their lives in security and to sense the dignity which comes from earning one’s livelihood through honest labour,” he said, shortly after landing in the central town of Entebbe on the shores of Lake Victoria, on the second leg of three-nation Africa tour.
allAfrica, 29 November 2015
On a sunny November day in Addis Ababa the courtyard of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) centre is packed with people–some attend a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reception clinic, others get essential supplies, while students attend classes, and many simply play volleyball, table football or dominoes to pass the time. Benyamin told IPS he came to Ethiopia from Yemen because practising his religion freely just wasn’t an option. After converting from Islam to the Jewish faith, he was put in a psychiatric hospital. “If I’d been sent to court I could have been put to death,” Benyamin adds phlegmatically. Guilain, 35, from Guinea in West Africa, has lived in Ethiopia for 11 years, while two years ago his wife and daughter managed to enter the United States, where he hopes to join them–eventually.
allAfrica, 01 December 2015
A bright purple bus roars into the dusty compound carrying scores of Burundians who have left their country to seek refuge in neighbouring Tanzania. Tit-for-tat attacks between the government and opposition have escalated over the recent post-election months, prompting thousands of people to flee. Among the new arrivals escaping the daily violence and arriving at Nduta Camp in remote western Tanzania are 18-year-old Fulpence Ndikumwenayo and his cousin, 16-year-old Eliose Kabule. Afraid of being recruited into the Imbonerakure, the violence-prone youth wing of the ruling party, they decided to leave their home and to follow their older brothers across the border.
allAfrica, 09 December 2015
South Africa and Botswana have officially introduced a pilot project that will make travelling much easier for the cross-border community of Tshidilamolomo. Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba inaugurated the pilot of the border crossing point for the village of Tshidilamolomo in the North West, on Tuesday. The village straddles South Africa and Botswana due to what Minister Gigaba described as the “irrational borderlines” drawn by colonialists. The project flows out of a discussion between President Jacob Zuma and President Ian Khama, which began in 2011.
News24, 25 November 2015
At the Nyarugusu Refugee Camp on Tanzania’s western border, a young man stands apart from the crowd of people pushing against the bent gate, clamouring for their monthly ration of two bars of soap and a mosquito net.bAbdul Karim is one of more than 110 000 Burundian refugees who have fled to the neighbouring country since April. Unfazed by the commotion at the distribution centre, the 26-year-old casually jokes that he can do without soap. He can cope with the conditions at the camp, he explains, because he has survived worse.
Mail & Gaurdian, 20 Novemebr 2015
Amid hand-wringing over what role Africa will play to prevent its citizens from getting into flimsy vessels and sailing for Europe, Senegalese President Macky Sall had hard words for the Europeans. “As long as Africa doesn’t receive the fair prices for its resources, there will be migrant flows,” he said on November 12, at an Africa-European Union summit in Valletta, Malta, on the migrant crisis. “Transformation in our lands would give wealth and jobs in our countries.” The majority of asylum seekers to Europe were making their way from the North African coast until earlier this year, but those numbers have since been dwarfed by people fleeing Iraq and Syria to Turkey, and from there by boat to Greece.
Reuters Africa, 09 December 2015
Moroccan authorities have recovered the bodies of 11 African migrants whose boat sank apparently due to bad weather as they tried to cross to the Canary Islands, officials said on Wednesday. The bodies were recovered off Boujedor in the south of the country. Local authorities in the town of Layoun said one woman was among the dead, but did not indicate how many other people may have been in the boat.
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