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Africa's undercover heroes

 The Big Issue South Africa 13 April 2019

In 2008, a series of xenophobic attacks ripped through South Africa, leaving foreigners brutally murdered, injured and displaced. Today, there remains lingering stigmatisation held by South Africans towards foreigners and refugees, even though they may be the continent’s greatest heroes both socially and economically, sending more money home than western aid donors contribute. Kim Harrisberg speaks with academics, researchers and African refugees to paint a picture of the liminal state of living for foreigners in the rainbow nation. (1840 Words) - By Kim Harrisberg

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Today, there remains lingering stigmatisation held by South Africans towards foreigners and refugees, even though they may be the continent’s greatest heroes both socially and economically, sending more money home than western aid donors contribute. Credit: Dirk Meerkotter

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Gaspard fled army conscription in the DRC and has been living in Cape Town for 13 years.Credit: Sarah Kate Schäfer

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Justine, a young Congolese mother, fled warfare in her country in the back of a truck.Credit: Sarah Kate Schäfer


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