Foreigners flood UN office in SA: Demand aid to flee country

Foreigners flood UN office in SA: Demand aid to flee country

- Foreign nationals living in South Africa have descended upon the UN High Commission for Refugees in Cape Town

- The foreigners have pleaded with officials to help them gain safe passage out of the country

- Crowds gathered outside the offices on Wednesday, with some refusing to leave until they got the help they demanded

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Foreigners have demanded that the United Nations help them flee South Africa over xenophobic tension in the country.

Briefly.co.za reported that attacks on foreign nationals had seen Nigeria helping hundreds leave the country.

The crowds outside of the offices told SowetanLIVE that they would not leave until they were guaranteed safe passage home.

One concerned mother said that the xenophobia in the country had become so bad they couldn't live their lives.

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A Burundian man, who has lived in SA for nearly a decade, commented on the grim situation:

“In the township where we are living, they are burning down my business, threatening my sister who lives alone with her four children.”

President Cyril Ramaphosa recently commented on the visit of Nigerian leader President Muhammadu Buhari, saying that the expected tension following the unrest had been replaced with strengthened ties.

With Ramaphosa adamant that South Africa's future is in Africa, with Africa, it seems that a long path lies ahead before the same unity is felt amongst citizens.

The xenophobic attacks had seen the death of 12 people, mostly South Africans. Other African nations had retaliated, with locally-owned business interests targeted in Nigeria and Zambia.

African leaders had snubbed invitations to attend the World Economic Forum, which had taken place in Cape Town.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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