20 May 2008

johannesburg erupts in anti-immigrant violence

Some disturbing (and still developing news) has started to filter out of South Africa. We have many friends in South Africa who are immigrants, both legal and otherwise and this latest bout of xenophobia is very troubling. We will pray as we wait and watch...

JOHANNESBURG — Violence against immigrants, like some windswept fire, spread across one neighborhood after another here in one of South Africa’s main cities at the weekend, and the police said the mayhem left at least 12 people dead — beaten by mobs, shot, stabbed or burned alive.

The violence continued to rage on Monday, as police fired rubber bullets and made arrests to try to quell the violence in and around Johannesburg, and said the death toll had reached 22, The Associated Press reported.

Continue Reading the New York Times story...

A video of the violence

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