The Tragedy: Xenophobic Attacks in South Africa

Not the kind of news one would usually love to hear or read about, and not one that we’d love to write about as well, but you may have heard and seen the strings of news articles, videos and post on social media pointing fingers against the waves of violence by black South Africans against fellow Africans of other nationalities. Well, you probably might be more familiar with the headlines and captions, “Xenophobic Attacks in South Africa”.

XEN.O.PHO.BI.A /ˌzenəˈfōbēə,ˌzēnəˈfōbēə/

1. dislike of or prejudice against people from other countries.

2. fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign.

Whiles the South African government and other African governments work together to resolve this, it is important that Africans Unite globally to SAY NO to these xenophobic attacks in South Africa. Some of the elite such as Trevor Noah, have indicated their stand against it, and so have other rising entertainers and groups.

We at Afriket, also partnered with Africanad to add our voices to the call for peace and unity. Rather than fight, we ask for dialogue. We are one Africa! We share the same struggles. Lifting arms against the other makes us a laughing stock before the world and goes to validate the negative stereotypes against the continent. There are a billion things we share in common, let not fighting and violence be one of them.

Out of the xenophobic attacks in South Africa, it always feels good to be an African. Feel Africa!

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