Refugees ‘scared’ in South Africa seek UN help

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Hundreds of refugees are camping outside the office of the UN refugee agency in Cape Town in South Africa to seek protection, saying that they do not feel safe.

They are from Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and Bangladesh, news agency AFP reports.

They blame high levels of crime as well as xenophobia for their predicament.

News site IOL quotes the group’s spokeswoman Anitha Nkozimana as saying that the UN agency was their only hope.

“We are being attacked and everyone is silent on how we as refugees could be assisted. The police are also not of any help,” she said.

Foreigners, mostly Africans, were targeted in the latest wave of xenophobia attacks in September which led to Nigeria evacuating hundreds of its citizens from South Africa.

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