Although April may seem far away from our memories, for those who were affected by xenophobia violence, fear and uncertainty remains. A small group of just over 100 non South Africans are still at the Chatsworth camp, which will shut down this coming Tuesday. Those at the camps have been offered packages, with places to rent.
Many Zimbabweans, Malawians, and Mozambicans have returned to their home countries. But for those from DR Congo, Burundi, Nigeria, and other African countries, there were not many options besides staying in South Africa because of ongoing violence in their home countries.
As a result, CAST, Zoe-Life, Domino Foundation, Glenridge Church, and Tearfund have come together to address issues of social cohesion. CAST has offered to use Paradigm Shift business training materials as a way to link non South Africans and South Africans in income generating projects, as well as empowering non South Africans to use the skills and qualifications they already possess.
CAST has joined in the ongoing “Durban Dialogue” with these other local partner organisations about diversity and integration in the communities, churches, and schools.
Durban Dialogue has put together a fascinating short documentary about refugees in South Africa and the challenges of xenophobia called “Refugees of a Rainbow Nation”. A Youtube link to this video can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fuMQsWLNBY&feature=youtu.be
CAST also continues to work with Refugee Social Services, assisting with data capturing of those who were displaced. CAST will also follow up with a vulnerability assessment to find the most vulnerable among those displaced who meet criteria for further packages, while also looking for specific needs in this population. This vulnerability assessment will take a look at work, accommodation, family size, schooling, assistance accessed, disabilities, and health needs.
CAST’s goal is to first meet the physical needs of those displaced. Afterwards CAST would like to focus on resilience and family strengthening.
CAST would like to thank everyone who has played a part in the xenophobia relief across Durban. There is still much work to be done, especially in building trust among the foreign and South African communities. Please be in prayer that non South Africans and South Africans will bond over commonalities, especially among issues of faith.
If you would like more information about CAST’s role in the continuing xenophobia relief effort, please contact Janine Pepper at: email@example.com