Refugees start bold Namibian trek in bid to escape 'xenophobic' SA | Weekend Argus

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Hundreds of the displaced refugees began packing their bags in preparation to leave Cape Town and embark on a perilous walk to Namibia.

Cape Town - The journey to freedom for a group of refugees sheltered in Cape Town’s Central Methodist Mission is only just beginning.

On Saturday, hundreds of the displaced refugees - mostly parents and children - began packing their bags in preparation to leave Cape Town and embark on a perilous walk to Namibia. The trek to the border is a journey that, on foot, would take an average of 135 hours or just over five-and-a-half days. This is the difficult decision the group is now faced with following a heated exchange with religious leaders, NGOs and the SA Human Rights Commission this week.

Community leader for the displaced people, Jean-Pierre Balous, said on Friday they met with a group of leaders at St George’s Cathedral, but it turned ugly when they left the venue and returned to the Central Methodist Mission.

 

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