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1 World Alliance for Citizen Participation Please send contributions, comments and questions to editor@civicus.org . 06 June 2008 ISSUE No. 391 PUBLISHER CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Kumi Naidoo EDITORS Joe Cressy Katsuji Imata COPY EDITOR Laureen Bertin MANAGING EDITOR Eric Muragana OCCASIONAL CONTRIBUTORS Carol Baloyi Gala Diaz Langou Henri Valot Julia Sestier Tracy September Raya Ubenova Vicente García-Delgado, Esq ABOUT e-CIVICUS The CIVICUS weekly electronic publication is keeping tens of thousands of people informed of the developments taking place in civil society, the factors that are affecting them and the impact they are having on creating an informed and knowledgeable society. e-CIVICUS WELCOMES CONTRIBUTIONS OF CIVIL SOCIETY NEWS e-CIVICUS offers a useful channel through which you and your organisation can share your news, FROM THE DESK OF CIVICUS' SECRETARY-GENERAL Send your comments and contributions to editor@civicus.org . What the current Xenophobic violence means for South Africa and the World By Kumi Naidoo, CIVICUS Secretary General Dear Friends and Colleagues, Almost a month ago now, South Africa entered a horrible new phase of its history. We witnessed violent attacks against people labelled as “the other” on a scale we had hoped we would never see again after the end of formal apartheid. Most of the attacks started about a month ago in the Johannesburg township of Alexandra, before spreading to the rest of the province and beyond. These are not the first such occurrences, however. There have been reports of smaller scale xenophobic violence around the country for the past year. Somalian shop owners in Cape Town have seen their livelihoods looted and burned to the ground, some even losing their lives. People who have fled violence and poverty in the Congo and Zimbabwe hear taunts of ‘kwerekwere’ (a derogatory term used to refer to non-South African Africans) on South African streets and public transport, and stand helplessly by as police officers tear up their asylum claimant papers and order them deported. These incidents are not new. To read this week’s column, click here . Civil society appeals for UNHCR intervention of xenophobia terror in South Africa Joint appeal by civil society in South Africa Statement issued by the Treatment Action Campaign, COSATU, South African Council of Churches, Legal Resources Centre, etc on 3 June To date, over 20,000 people in the Western Cape have been displaced, some staying in community halls and local shelters, while many have been taken to refugee camps, some against their will. Across the country more than 50,000 people were displaced. Since the violence started, refugees
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