The 20th of June marks World Refugee Day. This year, World Refugee Day also marks a key moment for the public to show support for families forced to flee.
On this day, the United Nations calls on the international community to commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees.
Many foreign nationals seeking refuge in South Africa face many challenges such as corruption, harassment and arrests.
These are sentiments shared by some foreigners at Desmond Tutu Refugee Centre in Pretoria. The United Nations says, 68.5 million people are forced to seek refugee around the world.
However, refugees or refugee seekers encounter many challenges, as these South African-based Zimbabweans explains.
“The first problem is that when we want to renew our papers, they don’t want us to renew our papers. There’s too much corruption here. There is another guy who want us to pay some money so that we can renew our papers. Another challenge is basically to get what we need. Like here at Home Affairs, they don’t help us and when we come here, basically inside at Home Affairs it is free. But when we come here it is not free. There is too much corruption here. They are beating people, they’re taking money.”
According to the United Nations, every minute 20 people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror. SABC reporter Ofentse Setimo is at the Desmond Tutu Refugee Centre in Pretoria in light of World Refugee Day.
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