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Nigerian embassy in South Africa working to assist victims of xenophobic attacks

A man kicks a burning piece of furniture during a riot in the Johannesburg suburb of Turffontein on September 2, 2019 [Michele Spatari/AFP]

The Nigerian High Commission in South Africa has called on Nigerians who were victims of recent xenophobic attacks to come forward to report their situation.

South African mobs launched attacks on foreigners, including Nigerians, and looted and burnt their places of business in suburbs of Johannesburg and surrounding areas on Sunday, September 1, 2019, and Monday, September 2.

Three people were also reported to have been killed in a fire started by a mob on an abandoned building in the Jeppestown area of Johannesburg.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, September 3, Nigeria's High Commissioner to South Africa, Kabiru Bala, expressed concern over the violence that affected Nigerians and other foreigners.
He said a list of victims is being compiled before a planned engagement with the South African government for support.
He said, "The High Commission and the Consulate in Pretoria and Johannesburg are compiling the list of all the Nigerian victims of the current anarchy for engagement with the South African government and other stakeholders for succor.
"In this regard, all Nigerian victims of the current attacks are requested to come forward to report their situation to the High Commission and the Consulate.
"The two Missions will continue to be home to all Nigerians in this trying times and in the future."
Bala also dismissed reports that the embassy was closed and refused to shelter Nigerians who were fleeing the violence.

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