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There have been rumours of renewed threats of xenophobia in some of South Africa’s townships and cities come the end of the continent’s first Soccer World Cup. Oxfam teams up with the Mail & Guardian to produce a series of interviews with refugees and migrants in South Africa.

Sowda: “I left my country to get peace and to work”
Sowda Hussen Mohamud, a refugee from the war in Somalia, fled her country after threats from extremists who believe women should not be journalists.

Jacques: “The end of this story may be very sad”
Secretary of the Coordinating Body for Refugees Jacques Kikonga Kamanda has been living in South Africa as a Congolese refugee for the past 12 years. He believes South Africa is a beacon of hope to Africa and the failure to curb xenophobia is a tragedy for the continent as a whole.

S’tha: “I feel stateless, I don’t know where to go”
S’tha Ngwenya is a lawyer who fled Zimbabwe for both political and economic reasons. He believes that South Africa’s laws and its people are not on the same page.

Sulega: “A jail you have to pay to stay in”
Sulega Dahir has lived in South Africa in frustrating limbo for 15 years and feels there is no future for her children in this country. “I don’t have a passport so I can’t leave, but at the same time they don’t want us to stay,” she says.

Ebrahim: Seeking safety in numbers
Somali refugee Ebrahim Mohamed Ali has been living in South Africa for 12 years. Having lost his brother in the 2008 xenophobic attacks and having his panel beating workshop destroyed, he speaks to us about life now in South Africa and his fears that the rumours of renewed xenophobic violence will come true after the World Cup.

Dosso: Finding family in a foreign land
Dosso Ndessomin is a veteran trade unionist from Cote d’Ivoire. In the second of a series of interviews with migrants and refugees in South Africa, he tells us that migrants have an active role to play in ensuring that they integrate and are accepted into South African society.


English Premier League football giants Liverpool have teamed up with Oxfam and the Fair Play for Africa health campaign to hold coaching clinics for young people in South Africa. From May 19 to 22 the Liverpool FC’s Community Outreach department is sharing its football skills with hundreds of young people in Rustenburg, Mamelodi and Soweto. At the same time Oxfam and Fair Play for Africa are raising awareness of the ongoing health issues facing millions of people in Africa every day.

View the LIVERPOOLFC.TV documentary on the LFC trip to South Africa here.

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Zambia’s Lozi people practise wetland farming in the floodplains where the soil is rich in nutrients. Every year, before the Zambezi floods, they migrate to the uplands for the winter. This ancient custom is heralded by the ceremonial relocation of the king from his summer palace in Lealui village to his winter palace in Limulunga.

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