Press Review 15 September 2018

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NATIONAL

A toxic mix of job scarcity, fake goods and xenophobia fuel anger against foreign traders ‘You are looting poison‚’ says Fikile Mbalula during Soweto visit

dailymaverick.co.za   1 September 2018

Over two days this week, The SA Human Rights Commision heard submissions from local and foreign traders, among others, in a bid to unearth the underlying causes of the recent looting of shops in Soweto.  After recent remarks by the health department regarding the sale of fake goods and the death of three people amid looting of shops owned by foreign nationals in Soweto, the South African Human Rights Commission hosted a two-day inquiry into the sale of expired or fake goods and the implications on local and foreign communities.

The refugee who risked it all for a dream

ecr.co.za 11 September 2018

Patricia Mudiayi misses her home. She missed the beauty, the games, the energy. At the age of 29, she had to leave the Democratic Republic of Congo. Although she had a degree in Chemical Engineering, Mudiayi couldn’t find work besides tutoring. It wasn’t the life she wanted. So she decided to change her life for the better.

Corruption crackdown looms at Pretoria refugee office

sowetan.co.za  1 September 2018

Officials at Pretoria’s refugee reception centre face lifestyle audits amid allegations of criminal activities involving Home Affairs staff and police officers. Hlomani Chauke‚ chairperson of parliament home affairs committee‚ said on Saturday the committee would instruct minister Malusi Gigaba “to urgently find solutions to the criminal challenges that continue to manifest outside the Desmond Tutu Refugee Centre”.

[Opinion] Xenophobia In SA: Why It’s Time To Unsettle Narratives About Migrants

ewn.co.za 4 September 2018

Foreign nationals have, yet again, been attacked, displaced and had their shops looted in South Africa. This is an unfortunate – but entirely unsurprising – way to mark the anniversary of the 2008 xenophobic attacks during which tens of thousands were displaced and more than 60 people killed. Even before 2008, a handful of scholars and activists were urging the government to do more to protect those targeted for violence because of their geographic origins. Only after the 2008 melee did the government join civil society and international organizations in committing to ensure that such bloodletting would never happen again.

The Struggles of Refugees in South Africa

borgenmagazine.com 9 September 2018

When people hear the term “refugee crisis,” most will automatically think of the Middle East, forgetting about the ongoing crisis happening in Africa. It has left hundreds of thousands displaced, and in South Africa alone there is a population of 586,000 asylum seekers and refugees living in destitute conditions, barely surviving. Life for refugees in South Africa is rife with xenophobia and discrimination, in addition to dealing with a corrupt government which makes day to day life a constant struggle. Coming from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and other countries in central and northern Africa, refugees flee for a myriad of reasons. However, most of the people fleeing are doing so to escape political instability and persecution, and yet, some are making the decision to return home because of the unlivable conditions.

REGIONAL

Rich nations must act to avoid ‘refugee catastrophe’ in East Africa – aid agencies

af.reuters.com 10 September 2018

Drastic cuts in foreign aid are putting millions of refugees fleeing war and drought in East Africa at risk of malnutrition and diseases such as diarrhea, dysentery and cholera, aid agencies warned on Monday. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said donor funding to Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania – which host over 2 million refugees from neighbouring nations – has dropped by over 60 percent compared to the previous year.

East Africa shuts refugee programmes

nation.co.ke 09 October 2017

The illegal mass immigration is of concern to Europe as it is to Africa, which is depleted of prime-bodied youngsters ripe for nation building. Roughly 150,000 people engage in the dangerous journey every year.

Morocco: Relentless crackdown on thousands of sub-Saharan migrants and refugees is unlawful

amnesty.org 7 September 2018

The Moroccan authorities’ large-scale crackdown on thousands of sub-Saharan migrants, asylum seekers and refugees without due process is cruel and unlawful, Amnesty International said amid ongoing intensive government raids in the north of the country.

Since the end of July, the Moroccan police together with the Royal Gendarmerie and the Auxiliary Forces have carried out major raids on the neighbourhoods where refugees and migrants live in several cities, with particular intensity in the northern provinces of Tangiers, Nador and Tetuan, which neighbour the Spanish borders. “This shocking crackdown on migrants and refugees in Morocco is both cruel and unlawful. It represents a worrying backslide for a government that in 2013 introduced new asylum and migration policy commitments to bring Morocco into compliance with international standards,” said Heba Morayef, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Director.

ISIS spies infiltrate Nigerian refugee camps 

cajnewsafrica.com 6 September 2018

The Kenyan capital of Nairobi will on Sunday hold a public walk to raise awareness on the plight of African refugees grappling with myriad challenges like poverty and social exclusion, the UN refugee agency said on Wednesday. According to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), hundreds of participants are expected to take part in the public walk dubbed “Step for Safety” to highlight the dire living conditions of populations displaced by conflicts and natural calamities across Africa. Three suspected spies of the feared Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are among 22 men arrested for aiding the Boko Haram terror group in Nigeria. They are accused of arranging a spate of suicide bomb attacks at the camps housing thousands of refugees that have fled their homes as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency.

INTERNATIONAL

The US-Mexico trade deal leaves out one important group: immigrants     

theguardian.com 2 September 2017

The US and Mexico have reached a trade deal and, though details are scant, that’s a good thing for small businesses. The bill, which will be “fast-tracked”, cannot be signed by Donald Trump for at least 90 days once he notifies Congress of his intentions to do so, and that’s expected to be soon. It will also require congressional approval. But assuming things go as planned, small businesses in certain industries will benefit.

How Anti-Refugee Narratives Waste International Aid and Human Lives

newsdeeply.com 4 September 2018

In the blistering heat of Lebanon’s long summer, many of the 1.5 million Syrian refugees hosted by the country have been squeezing in all the seasonal work they can. In order to pay debts and health bills, some accept exploitative work conditions and the humiliation of unpaid salaries. Now that refugees are under increasing pressure from Russia and the Syrian government’s allies to return to Syria, some refugees in Lebanon are even wondering whether going back to whatever is left of home may be a better option.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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