Tens of thousands of foreign nationals displaced by South Africa’s wave of xenophobic violence have returned to their home countries but those left behind, scared and robbed of every possession, are reluctant to go along with government plans to resettle them into the communities that drove them out. According to the Mozambican national disaster management agency (INGC), over 40,000 Mozambicans had returned by mid June 2008. According to Jeremy Michaels, Western Cape Provincial head of communications, of the 22,000 displaced in the province, some 1,500 had opted for repatriation to various destinations, and around 8,000 were still in the state’s “safe sites.” (IRIN)

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