More than 300 Nigerians head back home following xenophobic attacks

By Chanice Jennike - 19 September 2019Views : 696


More than 300 Nigerians have flown back home following xenophobic attacks in South Africa. 

This is the second evacuation in a week following a wave of xenophobic violence that claimed 12 lives. 

Spokesman of the national emergency management agency, Ibrahim Farinloye said that he was not given the exact figures for evacuees, but was told it was more than 300. 

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Last week, more than 200 Nigerians left the country after they were forced to close their businesses following attacks in Gauteng. 

The president of the Nigeria Citizens Association of SA, Ben Okoli, revealed that entire families had been uprooted following the recent wave of xenophobic attacks.

"I don't think these ones who are leaving today are going to come back, because they actually expressed their desire to leave. They feel that they are no longer happy staying hereafter what they have experienced."

Many attacks occurred against foreigners including many Nigerian-owned businesses and properties. They were forced to leave after their businesses were looted and destroyed.