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Afrophobia: South Africa betrays legacy of Ubuntu and Pan-Africanism proponents

South Africa is turmoil, and the safety and security of African migrants remains precarious following violent anti-immigrants attacks. The xenophobic (Afrophobic) attacks are not new, and the resurgence of attacks on fellow African nationals reveals a problematic phenomenon, an unreasonable and unjustifiable fear and hatred of African immigrants. The attacks on African nationals is incongruent with the spirit of Ubuntu, is at odds at odds with the values embraced by the Constitution, and flies in the face the Pan-Africanism values espoused by the country’s founding heroes and heroines.

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Nigerians strongly react to xenophobic attacks in South Africa

Foreign African nationals are facing xenophobic attacks again in South Africa. This repeated action which seems to always find Nigeria at the centre has caused more friction, both diplomatically and within the citizens of the two countries. Strong reactions have come from Nigeria where many South African businesses operate, with threats made against South African businesses based in Nigeria.

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Breaking boundaries: Former refugee, Ilhan Omar elected first Somali-American legislator in the U.S.

Today we celebrate a remarkable story, the election of Ilhan Omar as the first Somali-American legislator in the U.S. The former refugee who fled the Somali Civil War and spent four years in a Kenyan refugee camp will serve in the Minnesota House of Representatives. We celebrate Omar’s inspirational achievement, a story of determination, hard-work and hope.

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Donald Trump says Somali migrants are a “disaster” and Minnesota has “suffered enough”

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has come under fire for his xenophobic remarks against Somalis in Minnesota. Trump said Somali migrants are a “disaster” and Minnesota residents have “suffered enough” because of migrants pouring in. The U.S. presidential hopeful has been strongly rebuked by Betsy Hodges, the mayor of Minnesota who has come out in defence of Somalis saying, “Minneapolis is a better, stronger place for having our Somali and East African immigrants and refugees in it”. “Somali people of Minnesota and Minneapolis are not *roaming* our communities, they are *building* them,” Hodges noted.