Untold story: Somalis in South Africa under xenophobic intimidation
I am not so sure whether Somali government is earmarking to evacuate its citizens from South Africa where immigrants including Somalis being punished and burned in the streets of Johannesburg and elsewhere in SA. Before the ongoing violence more than 100 Somalis were killed in the past few years in a consequence of their fit entrepreneurship in business.
Somalis in South Africa still paying the price of civil war’s mayhem and roughly a million and half Somalis are in overseas, seeking better life. The recent xenophobic killings in South Africa expressly targeted Somali owned shops and valuable young lives mostly women and elderly were snubbed out by merciless South African gangs.
My feelings tore apart, when a mob of South African gangs pictured, stabbing Emmanuel Sithole, an immigrant man from Mozambique with knives as they bludgeoned on him with a wrench in Alexandra town near Johannesburg.
Somali president Hassan Shiekh Mahmud who was supposed to address this continue denouncing Russia’s invade on Ukraine and the ISIL threats in Middle East, while hundreds of fellow Somali citizens being tortured in South Africa. Almost Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique began airlifting their citizens.
Ethiopian Diaspora communities in US gathered in front of South Africa embassy in Washington to protest the recent wave of brutal attacks against their citizens in SA, chanting “Shame on South Africa.
Likewise Nigerian and Zimbabwe governments are not willing to continue their ordinary relations with South Africa since the xenophobic begun in beleaguered SA despite South Africans looted countless properties from other African foreigners during the violence.
If our government squandered its role, Somali people across globe should take this task seriously and prepare massive demonstrations against the bloodshed racist on Somalis before it’s too late. Literally Diaspora efforts in peace restoring have been applauded locally.
In a chilling twist, the closed stores in Johannesburg become where the Somalis can hide to save their lives from the equipped gangs and still they are suffering mental and physical injuries and in addition no one has responded for their needed demands in safety.
In a statement released by the Somalia based Global Science Foundation said that under lying reasons of recent xenophobia crises in SA relay raising rates of unemployment, limited opportunities for youth, the drop of economic growth, weak governmental institutions and in the aftermath it led the killing of innocent African foreigners including Somalis.
My massage is to keep you in mind that our Somali brothers and sisters lost every way possible they had to stay put in South Africa and irritated South [Animals] are hunting them like a dogs. So let’s get started and show some respect to our brothers.
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