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Somalis ask government to repatriate them

United Press Internationla (UPI)
Saturday, March 15, 2008

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Somalis who allegedly underwent xenophobic attacks in South Africa last week are asking the government to repatriate them to their home country.

Groups of refugees at the University of Cape Town Law Clinic this week, including pregnant women, told reporters that more than 100 of their people are homeless after locals in the Zwenetemba village in Worcester raided their shops, Cape Argus (Cape Town, South Africa,) reported Friday.

The U.N. is not protecting us in this country, the South African government lies to the world that we are in safe hands, but the truth is we have no place in this world -- nobody cares, pregnant Abdi Kaluma Hassan, 34, said.

Attacks and looting aimed at Somalis and other foreign citizens in Zwenetemba are thought to have been triggered by the alleged slaying of a suspected thief by a Somali business owner, the report said.

Source: UPI, Mar 15, 2008

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