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Overcoming Xenophobia

Kofi Adu Domfeh/Luv 99.5 fm/Twenty Ten

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

AUDIO: Community-based soccer events address xenophobia.

South Africa is home of mixed migration. The Apartheid struggle was fought with the support of most African countries and today, people of different nationalities seek greener pastures in the Rainbow nation. Others live here as refugees and asylum seekers, mainly from other African countries.

These immigrants unfortunately experience xenophobia, which can at times turn ugly. The widespread xenophobic attacks of 2008 did not spare any of these groups. Sixty-two people died and hundreds were displaced. The 2010 soccer fever is believed to have help calmed the situation, but African migrants in South Africa cannot be comfortable. This is because of rumours that the attacks may erupt when the tournament is over.

Twenty Ten Reporter, Kofi Adu Domfeh, reports that stakeholders are adopting community-based soccer events as part of strategies to address the problem of xenophobia.

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Link 1: Amidst the excitement of these Africans that the world soccer tournament is being hosted for the first time on the continent, there are fears of an eruption in xenophobic sentiments by some South Africans when the last whistle is blown to end the tournament.

Cue In: “There is an element of criminality…can coordinate those attacks”.

Link 2: Gabriel Heitis is with the African Diaspora Forum, an organization formed in the heat of the xenophobic attacks in South Africa to stop the attacks on migrants as well as offer support to victims too.

He describes the 2008 sporadic attacks as horrific, especially...

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