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Immigrants are living in fear and hunger, NGOs say

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About 5% of their beneficiaries are undocumented immigrants who live in fear of xenophobic attacks even for the simple act of accepting free food.


19 May 2020
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Immigrants are living in fear and hunger, NGOs say

Congolese foreign nationals can be seen waiting to recieve food parcels from the DRC Embassy in Arcadia, Pretoria. Picture: Jacques Nelles

Poor immigrants in South Africa are living in fear and hunger under the Covid-19 lockdown, and civil society groups are blaming government’s “exclusionary” lockdown regulations. Densely populated Alexandra in Johannesburg is situated in the city’s epicentre of Covid-19 cases and is home to thousands of undocumented immigrants living in informal settlements around the township. Rays of Hope, a non-profit organisation operating in the area, has reached 43,000 people in its massive campaign to feed the hungry since the beginning of the lockdown. The group’s CEO, Sihle Mooi, said about 5% of their beneficiaries were undocumented immigrants who lived in fear...

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