Life in the camps

Antonio Muchave, a senior Sowetan photographer, spent a day with displaced communities, documenting their lives in images.

Antonio Muchave, a senior Sowetan photographer, spent a day with displaced communities, documenting their lives in images.

On a bitterly cold morning, residents of the refugee camp near Rand Airport, Germiston in Ekurhuleni, wake up and try to survive another day.

They were displaced from Primrose and Reiger Park after the xenophobic violence. There are more than 2000 people living in 200 tents in the camp.

One woman survives by selling cigarettes, sweets and cellphone airtime.

Around her, people get ready for work. Children prepare for lessons in the double-decker bus and tent that have become makeshift schools. Most people at the camp complain about food and the cold.

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