Foreign Nationals Plead With UN Refugee Agency To Help Them Leave South Africa

Hundreds of foreign nationals gathered at UN Refugee Agency offices in Cape Town on 8 October 2019, wanting the agency to help them leave SA.
Hundreds of foreign nationals gathered at UN Refugee Agency offices in Cape Town on 8 October 2019, wanting the agency to help them leave SA. Picture: Kaylynn Palm/EWN

Dozens of foreign nationals on Tuesday gathered at the UN Refugee Agency’s offices in Cape Town. They want the agency to help them leave South Africa.

The refugees said they were fed up with xenophobia.

The foreigners were camping out in front of the office, some holding babies, others waving the flags of their countries.

They were singing: “Enough is enough, we want a solution”.

While holding his asylum documents, a Congolese man said that South Africa was no longer safe: “It’s enough for us, so we need help.”

A Burundian woman said government was doing nothing to help foreigners: “Four men attacked me and wanted to kill me. They wanted to cut my arm, I am scared to even come out of my house. We will sleep here until a solution is reached.”

Representatives were meeting with agency officials.

EWN