Hundreds of African refugees beg to leave South Africa
London, Oct. 22, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A group of African refugees who have camped outside the UNHCR offices in South Africa’s administrative capital of Pretoria, for the past three weeks, are pleading with the agency to “take them out” of the country.
They say they have been targets of xenophobia attacks.
One of them identified by a local news site as Alex Nkoy said the group is composed of citizens of Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Rwanda and Ivory Coast.
#Refugees | Alex Mongo Nkoy says their lives as refugees in “South Africa do not matter” and are pleading with the UN Refugee Agency to resettled them outside the country.— Jacaranda News (@JacaNews) October 22, 2019
Close to 200 people are sleeping outside the UNHRC offices in Pretoria, for about three weeks now. pic.twitter.com/YX6izG4SuB
Mr Nkoy said they were not receiving any protection from the police or the government.
He said that some of them had stopped taking their children to school because they were being bullied because they don’t speak local languages.
“We are seeking and ask protection from UNHCR… South Africa is no longer a safe place for us as refugees, it is no longer home… South Africa has become hell for us as refugees…that is why we are asking UNHCR to take us out of South Africa to throw us anywhere in the world so we can feel safe.”