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Churches address xenophobia

The South African Council of Churches says it's taking measures in the country's nine provinces to assist possible victims of xenophobia (hatred of foreigners) following attacks in the Western Cape province.

The council established a hotline for complaints from those who were threatened.

Human rights organizations estimate that some 3 million Zimbabweans have fled hard times and political oppression in their country to work in neighboring South Africa, which itself has high unemployment.

In early July, Zimbabweans in South Africa were spotted on highways with their belongings, returning to their troubled country.


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