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It’s time for all of us who care about refugees to speak out against violence.

This is an old article that a Zimbabwean Journalist Collen Makumbirofa wrote about the plight of refugees in South Africa. The article was published by United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) in 2010. The message in the article is important for today and refugees need not only sympathy but practical support. Any nation that ignore the plight of refugees, woman and children will one day face problems of justice and poverty. Wherever you are, you can make a difference by helping refugees, woman and children who are victims of state corruption, injustices and oppression. Don’t be silent or neutral but Fight for the change you want to see.

It’s time for all of us who care about refugees to speak out against violence.
Publisher: Cape Times
Author: michelle bristow
Story date: 07/07/2010
Language: English
It’s time for all of us who care about refugees to speak out against violence.

Zimbabweans in South Africa have fled state terrorism in Zimbabwe, and now they are fleeing the Western Cape. We don’t want violence and abuse of immigrants for whatever reason, or for political victimisation.

In Zimbabwe we housed many foreign nationals during the time of apartheid; many South Africans were living with us. So whoever is promoting or inciting violence against Zimbabweans in South Africa must be challenged.

We want peace and coexistence; not the game of blaming each other or blaming foreigners for everything from crime to taking jobs. That is cheap propaganda.

Zimbabwe will never be peaceful as long as leaders who were perpetrating violence are still in power and still using the same tactics of beating and torturing political enemies.

We urge people to assist the Zimbabwean refugees, people under siege, by speaking up for them.

Collen Makumbirofa

Refugees Daily
Refugees Global Press Review
Compiled by Media Relations and Public Information Service, UNHCR
For UNHCR Internal Distribution
Publisher: http://www.unhcr.org/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/refdaily?pass=463ef21123&id=4c341b225

Collen’s articles can be found on: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/collen-makumbirofa-press-release

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