Africa: Zambia and South Africa Are Intertwined - Xenophobia Must Not Break That Bond

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Zambia and other African states supported the Struggle for liberation in South Africa, hosting exiles and giving material backing, and our trade and trade routes are interlinked - xenophobia has no place in Africa.

By now you have been numbed by the numerous horrific videos shared on social media depicting the ghastly attacks in South Africa against foreign nationals. Some are new, others are old.

The attacks cause the same outrage as when they occurred in 2008 or 2015.

And then there is the rise of fake news during this period, which causes similar outrage and tensions.

But first things first.

We must condemn, using the unerring truth, without hesitation and without resorting to excuses, avoidance of facts or entertaining justifications, the recent xenophobic attacks against foreign nationals in South Africa.

Our condemnation should be in an unequivocal and unambiguous voice. The senseless loss of precious lives, the wanton looting and damage to property are totally unacceptable.

Life is sacred. Whether foreign or local, documented or undocumented, illegal or legal, it remains sacred.

The deep fear, trauma and uncertainty caused to foreign nationals by these attacks is unimaginable.

We are all troubled that no one seems to be held accountable...

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