Still living in fear

2015-04-29 09:23

AN eight-month-old baby boy is among the 165 Malawians living in a makeshift camp in Dale’s Park.

Little Kahlilu was born in South Africa, but his terrified mother, Fathima Mustapha, believes he will be safer in Malawi than in the country where he was born.

“I am worried that he will be killed,” she said.

Also in fear for his life is Mohamed Abubakar­, who was attacked in his home in Jika Joe. He was injured and lost all his belongings.

“I am not happy to be going back, but because of the situation here I have to go.”

Their fears contrast sharply with claims by the police in KwaZulu-Natal that xenophobic violence in the province has abated and the situation is returning to normal. In a statement, KZN provincial commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni said over the long weekend they had not had any reports of violence or unrest related to attacks on foreign nationals.

“Although many foreign nationals are justifiably­ apprehensive at the moment, they are gradually moving back into the communities where they had lived prior to the violence­ and their businesses have opened for trade,” she said.

“Some continue to live in the various refugee camps while others have opted to return to their countries of origin. Police are monitoring the refugee camps to ensure the safety of the foreigners.”

For Mustapha, Abubakar and other displaced foreign nationals in the camp, the wait for a bus to take them home to Malawi continues

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