First batch of Mozambican victims of xenophobic attack in S/A arrives home
London, Sep 10, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The first batch of Mozambican victims of xenophobic attack repatriated from South Africa arrives in Matola, Maputo province, on Monday.
The group is part of the approximately 400 Mozambicans who have expressed an interest in returning home after the attacks on foreigners in neighbouring South Africa.
The information was revealed exclusively to Radio Mozambique by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation spokesman Geraldo Saranga, who said transport arrangements were being made.
“We are working to document this group of people, to aggregate them in terms of how many men, women and children there are, to establish their health and arrange their transportation to Mozambique,” he said.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation announcements indicate that xenophobic violence in South Africa has already caused at least 10 deaths.
It is estimated that there are at least 8,000 Mozambicans living in neighbouring South Africa, mainly in Johannesburg, Durban and Nelspruit.
At least 544 Mozambicans have fallen victim to xenophobic violence in the current wave of anti-foreigner riots in South Africa.
They have lost their homes, and are requesting assistance from the Mozambican government. According to Augusta Maita, the director of the Mozambican relief agency, the National Disaster Management Institute (INGC),
Maita told a Friday press conference that the Mozambican diplomatic representations in South Africa are undertaking a survey of the Mozambicans caught up in the violence, and are identifying their urgent needs and the best means of supporting them.
The Disaster Management Technical Council (CTGC) met in Maputo on Friday afternoon to study the best strategy for the voluntary repatriation of Mozambicans from South Africa and how to assist them once they are back on Mozambican soil