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Title: Migrants Tell Of Township Tensions
Post by: Prince on May 16, 2008, 07:49:15 AM
As South Africa witnesses a rise in attacks against foreign migrants, the BBC's Joanna Jolly visits a township outside Cape Town, the scene of recent xenophobic violence.

Ahmed Dakane is a 31-year old Somali refugee. For the past four years he's been living in the South African township of Zweletemba, on the outskirts of the town of Worcester in the wine-growing hills outside Cape Town.

Among the sprawling mess of tin huts and makeshift shelters he points out a pile of rubble that until recently was his shop and his livelihood.

Two months ago a mob of local South African youths surrounded and destroyed it, forcing Ahmed to flee for his life.

"All the community from this place, all South Africans, almost 1,000 people came to me," he says, describing the night of violence.

"I called the police. When they came they said we can save your life but we can't save your shop. So they took me and put me in the police station. I lost everything, even my clothes."

(http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/44658000/jpg/_44658412_ahmed_shop226.jpg)
Ahmed fled for his life when confronted by a 1,000-strong mob