Xenophobic Attacks, South Africa
For two weeks in May 2008 a series of violent, xenophobic attacks took place throughout informal settlements across South Africa. Immigrants from Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Somalia and the DRC were accused, among other things, of stealing jobs and houses away from locals. The attacks were violent and sporadic. During the two week period more than 60 people were killed – a third were locals – hundreds were injured and thousands of foreigners were displaced and forced to either return to their home countries or seek safety in refugee camps. By June, all the refugee camps were closed and the foreigners they sheltered had either trickled back into local communities or returned to their native countries.