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UN expresses concern over violence in SA

by BuaNews Online
on 22 May 2008
BuaNews Online
BuaNews Online

United Nations agencies operating in South Africa have expressed deep concern at the outbreak of violent attacks on foreign nationals in Gauteng over the past week.

The violence has led to the deaths of several people and many others being left injured or homeless.

In a statement issued on Wednesday in Pretoria by the Office of the Resident Coordinator in South Africa, UN officials said they were equally disturbed by the violence and attacks on foreign national that have been occurring across the country in recent months.

"Most of the victims are law-abiding migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers seeking a safe and better life for their families among South Africans.

"We remain gravely concerned at the prospect of [a] further escalation in violence, especially against the most vulnerable, including women, children and poor families," the statement read.

The officials said they welcomed the deployment of more police to affected areas to restore order, as well as the condemnation of the attacks by senior figures in the Government and public life.

"The United Nations organisations in South Africa stand ready to provide assistance and support for immediate humanitarian needs faced by the victims of attacks, as well as to find medium and long-term solutions to the unfolding developments." - BuaNews

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