UN's Refugee Agency steps up to protect foreigners in South Africa

UN's Refugee Agency steps up to protect foreigners in South Africa

- The United Nation’s Refugee Agency has decided to strengthen operational presence in South Africa to better protect foreign nationals in South Africa

- This comes after at least 1 500 foreigners were forced to flee their homes during the spike in violence against non-South Africans

- The UN will be working with the South African government to keep refugees and migrants safe

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The United Nation’s Refugee Agency (UNHRC) says that at least 1 500 foreigners have been forced out of their homes to flee the violence against them, as reported on by News24.

This number includes asylum seekers, migrants and refugees who hoped South Africa would be a safe haven.

Charlie Yaxley, UNHRC spokesperson, spoke at the Palais des Nations in Geneva and told the media that he is concerned about foreigners in SA, as 12 people lost their lives during the recent xenophobic attacks.

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Yaxley says the UN has been getting calls from people whose businesses and homes were looted and destroyed.

"Our staff are receiving a significant increase in calls to our telephone hotlines in recent weeks, with people reporting that their homes and businesses have been looted, buildings and property have been set on fire, increased gang activity on the streets and rising incidents of sexual and gender-based violence."

Now, the UNHRC is strengthening operational presence in SA to help keep refugees safe.

Briefly.co.za learnt that the South African government will work with the UN to achieve this goal.

"We are deploying additional staff and resources, including relief items, emergency shelter, psycho-social care, legal assistance and support with the recovery of lost livelihoods. Community dialogues are being established with host communities to strengthen social cohesion."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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