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Somalis march in Cape Town against South Africa attacks

ctMembers of the Somali community in South Africa have marched to parliament in Cape Town to protest against recent attacks on foreigners.

Two Somalis have been killed this month and the Somali government has requested the South African authorities to do more to protect their nationals.

About 200 people took part in the protest, holding a banner reading: “Everyone is a foreigner somewhere.”

Correspondents say xenophobic attacks have resumed recently.

Some of the protesters accused the authorities of not doing enough to prevent attack on foreigners, especially Somalis.

According to the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, South Africans are becoming “increasingly desensitised” to attacks on foreigners, The Sowetan newspaper reports.

The BBC’s Mohammed Allie in Cape Town says the violence is linked to the massive unemployment among young South Africans.

In the past two decades, many thousands of Somalis have fled conflict at home and moved to South Africa, where many have opened small shops and kiosks in townships.

Source: BBC News

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