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The People’s Health Movement of South Africa strongly condemns xenophobia (Afrophobia)

The People’s Health Movement South Africa is gravely concerned by the attacks on non South Africans in some parts of South Africa, particularly in Durban and Johannesburg.
The People’s Health Movement of South Africa strongly condemns these attacks as they are unacceptable and inhumane.
The attacks are a direct threat to the lives of migrants living and working in South Africa.
The violence has disrupted their access to health care, and has jeopardised the health of a particularly vulnerable community.

Children living in camps are at particular risk of illness arising from inadequate food, water and sanitation provision.

We would like to call on the government of South Africa, our politicians, and all South Africans, to act swiftly to end the violence, and make South Africa a country where everyone is treated equally, regardless of where they come from or the language they speak.
Everyone needs to be treated with dignity so that we avoid a repeat of the May 2008 attacks.

We call upon all sectors of civil society to stand together to defend all migrants against the violation of their rights.
We call upon the various departments of government to urgently protect communities under threat, and to address the needs of those who are currently displaced in KwaZulu Natal, and those who are under threat in other parts of the country.

Issued By; The People’s Health Movement South Africa

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