UN ENVOY LAUDS SOUTH AFRICA’S REFUGEE PROGRAMME

PRETORIA– South Africa’s programme to integrate Somali refugees and asylum seekers has been lauded by the United Nations special envoy for the Somali Refugee Situation.

Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Affey told the media in Pretoria on Thursday that South Africa had the biggest Somali refugee population in southern Africa, with about 30,000.

He said other African states should emulate South Africa in the way it had helped refugees integrate into society instead of confining them to refugee camps.

Affey said he had met with leader of the Somali refugee community as well as the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs (Interior).

Actually the hospitality of the South African people and government for giving some security for refugees leaving their homes in their countries of origin, for giving them safety and for giving them an opportunity to rebuild their lives, we came to appreciate that,” he said.

“Secondly, South Africa is a natural leader in this part of the world particular in Africa and there are good examples that African countries hosting refugees can learn from.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK