Xenophobia in SA: Dolly, 9, tells her story

dolly, MSF

“The neighbours were saying you must go because they will come in your house and hit you. They chased us away.” – This was the testimony of 9-year old Dolly, one of three hundred children displaced by a xenophobic violence in Chatsworth.

Her story is the last instalment of a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) initiative called “Voices from the Camps”. The five-part series focused on powerful video testimonies from refugees and migrants displaced by April’s wave of xenophobic violence in the KwaZulu-Natal. Many are now stuck in refugee camps set up by local authorities.

Watch South African-born Dolly and her Mozambican-born mother Gloria Makwakwa’s story here:

The previous episodes can be found here:

According to MSF, around 520 people, predominantly Burundians and Congolese are stuck in the last remaining refugee camp in Chatsworth. They are unable to return to the conflict zones they fled from but don’t feel safe to reintegrate into communities that they left only weeks before.

“Government-led re-integration efforts are underway, but the trust of traumatised camp residents in a safe return is fragile,” said the organisation.

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