Seven buses, containing over 500 Mozambicans fleeing from the anti-foreigner pogroms in South Africa, left the South African city of Durban on Wednesday, heading for the transit centre at Boane, about 30 kilometres west of Maputo.
According to Rocha Nuvunga, the Maputo provincial delegate of the Mozambican relief agency, the National Disaster Management Institute (INGC), cited in Thursday’s issue of the Maputo daily ldquoNoticiasrdquo, 42 tents have been erected to accommodate the victims.
However, it is not expected that they will stay long in Boane. Nuvunga said arrivals are being screened and then sent on to their provinces of origin, also in transport provided by the government.
The Boane centre is also equipped with clean drinking water for the returnees, sanitation facilities, and kitchens so that all the new arrivals can be given hot meals.
The first buses provided by the government, which arrived from Durban on 18 April, carried 107 Mozambicans fleeing from the violence. In addition, the government is aware of over 1,500 Mozambican citizens who have returned from South Africa using their own means. Thus the total number of returnees is now over 2,100.
The South African government is now trying to repair the damage done to its image on the rest of the continent. President Jacob Zuma has announced that he is sending government members to various African countries, obviously in response to the outrage and to demands for apologies and compensation.
Source : Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique