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27 Apr 2015 description
report IRIN

HARARE, 27 April 2015 (IRIN) - More than 2,000 Zimbabweans displaced by xenophobic attacks in South Africa have packed their bags for home. But Zimbabwe, a country teetering on the verge of economic collapse, is unlikely to offer them the means to restart their lives.

24 Apr 2015 description

PRETORIA (ILO News) – HIV and AIDS workplace initiatives should be integrated into national AIDS programmes and a wide range of health approaches, including occupational safety and health, says a new report, "Effective Responses to HIV and AIDS at Work: A Multi-Country Study in Africa ", launched by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Sandton - Johannesburg, South Africa.

24 Apr 2015 description

Little rainfall expected over atypically dry areas of northern Ethiopia

  1. Erratic, below-average rainfall in February and early March, followed by four consecutive weeks of little to no rainfall since mid-March has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia. The absence of mid-season rainfall is likely to adversely affect cropping activities in Belg-producing areas of the country.

24 Apr 2015 description
report Voice of America

Peter Clottey

Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu is consulting with fellow African heads of state to convene an emergency regional summit to address xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

Information Minister Chishimba Kambwili said Zambian citizens in South Africa had not been affected by the latest round of attacks targeting mostly African migrants.

But, Kambwili said, Zambians are displeased with the attacks because Zambia helped black South African leaders fight against white apartheid rule.

24 Apr 2015 description
report Voice of America

Chris Gande

WASHINGTON DC— Zimbabweans and other foreigners in South Africa, who sought refuge in shelters from xenophobic attacks, have started going back to their homes.

This follows a lull in the wave of attacks targetting foreigners that officials say left seven people dead. Unofficial sources say the figure could be much higher.

Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to South Africa, Isaac Moyo, told Studio 7 he witnessed two camps in one of the hardest hit suburbs of Alexandra near Johannesburg being dismantled.

24 Apr 2015 description
report African Union

The Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the African Union (ECOSOCC) condemns the Xenophobic and/or Afrophobic attacks on African citizens of different nationalities in the Republic of South Africa. ECOSOCC is sad to learn that such incidents have occurred in a country for which Africans on the continent and the Diaspora sacrificed so dearly to ensure independence and black majority rule.

23 Apr 2015 description

XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS

Over the past two weeks the Red Cross has provided food relief and psychosocial support for displaced persons in Ethekwini. The Red Cross is now supporting 5 Xenophobic Sites in Ethekwini and Johannesburg for approximately 8000 displaced foreign nationals.

In Durban SARCS isproviding hot meals at all sites, clothing, blankets, psychosocial support and telephonic services for the vulnerable at all 3 camps in Westcliffe, Isipingo and Phoenix. The vulnerable from the Verulam and Greenwood park camps are being relocated to Phoenix.

22 Apr 2015 description

SG/SM/16692-AFR/3119

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary- General condemns the wave of xenophobic violence in South Africa that has resulted in the deaths of at least seven people in the past few weeks. He expresses his condolences to the families of the victims.

22 Apr 2015 description

Johannesburg – A medical team from Médecins Sans Frontières, (MSF) has been responding to the health needs of displaced people for nearly a week now since violent xenophobic attacks in the KwaZulu Natal (KZN) province. The team provides basic medical care following needs assessments at three displacement camps, housing more than 5,000 people around the coastal city of Durban. A second team will soon conduct similar assessments in the Ekurhuleni region near Johannesburg.

22 Apr 2015 description
  • Very poor rains across northern Ethiopia expected to negatively affect “Belg” season cropping activities.

  • Average to above-average rains continue across parts of Kenya, Tanzania, and southern Somalia.

22 Apr 2015 description
report IRIN

By Obinna Anyadike, Editor-at-Large

NAIROBI, 21 April 2015 (IRIN) - Xenophobia doesn’t exist in isolation. It needs social problems and economic hardship to flourish. After an upsurge in violence in Durban and Johannesburg that has claimed seven lives and forced more than 5,000 people to flee their homes, here’s a look at South Africa’s long history of xenophobia and some of the misconceptions that have been allowed to take root.

All about the numbers

21 Apr 2015 description

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Tuesday 4/21/2015 - 12:36 GMT

by Sibongile KHUMALO / Marco LONGARI

South African soldiers deployed overnight Tuesday to tackle gangs hunting down and killing foreigners after at least seven people died in a wave of anti-immigrant violence, AFP photographers witnessed.

Dozens of military police surrounded a downtown Johannesburg hostel housing mainly South Africans which police raided as a helicopter hovered above.

20 Apr 2015 description

Regional Overview

South Africa

With relative calm largely restored following last week's xenophobic violence that displaced thousands, many foreign nationals are being assisted in returning to their countries of origin, while Government considers ways of reintegrating those that wish to remain.

Malawi

20 Apr 2015 description
report ECOWAS

The Authority of ECOWAS of Heads of State and Government has condemned the barbaric, criminal and xenophobic murder of innocent African foreigners in South Africa, urging the South African Government to act quickly to stop the increasing wave of attacks across its country.

An ECOWAS statement signed by the Chair of the Authority, HE John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana, also condemned the individual South Africans involved in the act.

17 Apr 2015 description

Welcome to the April issue of the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project’s (ACLED) Conflict Trends report. Each month, ACLED researchers gather, analyse and publish data on political violence in Africa in realtime. Weekly updates to realtime conflict event data are published through our research partners at Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) and also on the ACLED website.

17 Apr 2015 description

PRETORIA, South Africa, April 17 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Friday welcomed government efforts to contain a wave of xenophobia in South Africa but said it was "extremely concerned" about the attacks in the past three weeks that have killed six people and displaced more than 5,000 foreigners. Those uprooted include refugees and asylum-seekers.

17 Apr 2015 description

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Friday 4/17/2015 - 08:09 GMT

Twelve people were arrested overnight as anti-foreigner attacks in South Africa spread to parts of downtown Johannesburg, police said Friday.

"Twelve suspects were arrested for trying to break into foreign-owned shops," said police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini.

It was the latest incident in a wave of immigrant-targeted violence that began earlier this month in the port city of Durban, leaving at least six people dead.

17 Apr 2015 description

Belg rainfall remains delayed in Ethiopia, dryness worsens in Malawi and Mozambique

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Rainfall continues to be below-average across several local areas of southwestern and east-central Ethiopia. Further delay of rainfall during April is likely to adversely affect cropping activities for several Belgproducing areas.

16 Apr 2015 description
report ActionAid

This report reflects the experiences of over 3,000 women and girls living in urban communities in Brazil, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Liberia, Nepal, South Africa and Zimbabwe. While the women and girls interviewed in this baseline study shared their views that cities can be places of choice and empowerment for them, they also spoke of the multiple challenges they face in enjoying their rights and freely making choices about their daily lives.

15 Apr 2015 description

Increased amounts of rainfall leads to favorable moisture conditions over parts of eastern Ethiopia, southern Somalia.

Late season dryness observed over parts of Malawi and Mozambique.