Friday, May 30, 2008


No one has exact figures of the number of immigrants now living in South Africa, but the Institute of Race Relations believes that there are between 3 and 5 million - equivalent to the country's entire white population.

The number of Mozambican immigrants forced to leave South Africa after the xenophobic wave of violence is now over 32 thousand, and 10 thousand are still waiting for transportations in shielded areas, according to the National Intitute of Calamities Management (INGC) in Mozambique.

It was at 21.30 on Wednesday night when a group of people attacked Arlindo Nhantumbo, a Mozambican who has lived happily in South Africa for 12 years.
"Ten of them came, with guns, and told me to leave the country. I don't know what to do, because I have married a South African and we have a five-month-old baby boy," he says. "I am desperate."

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