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People of KZN 'open hearts' to help foreigners

By unknown | Jun 05, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mary Papayya

Mary Papayya

Civil society bodies yesterday applauded the KwaZulu-Natal people who helpe d with relief efforts for the more than 4000 displaced foreign nationals in the region.

Most of the victims are being housed at churches and are receiving food and clothing from members of the public.

Sibongile Mpungose of the Diakonia Council of Churches said the people of the province had "opened their hearts to the victims".

"We have had hundreds of calls from the public wanting to contribute food, clothing and blankets. The support has been amazing."

According to field workers, not all of those displaced were attacked but are scared because "there is a great deal of intimidation".

Yasmin Rajah, of the Mennonite Central Committee's Refugee Project in Durban, said they were working with the local UN High Commission for Refugees and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to implement the repatriation of certain foreigners.

Ten buses carrying some 1000 Malawians and Mozambicans left Kwazulu-Natal at the weekend.

Meanwhile, the government task team dealing with problems arising from xenophobic attacks said the re-integration of displaced foreigners will begin today.


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