Refugees, asylum-seekers and immigrants are exposed to hardships, discrimination and violence at every turn, both in their home countries and here in this country. In South Africa they are often treated as second-class citizens, denied access to justice and refused even their most basic rights. Yet they somehow manage to overcome the odds. The following are a compilation of stories from some of the many people we have worked with. The purpose of these stories is to give them a voice and to raise awareness around their plight.
Moses Chikwanda was shot in the leg by his boss, the owner of a pig farm. Moses has to this day not gotten justice: the farmer remains free and Moses never received any compensation. He is left with a leg that is sore and swells up every time he stands for more than a few minutes. This means he finds it difficult to find work. This is his story.
Roy fled Uganda after he was assaulted and blackmailed for being gay. Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda, punishable by up to 14 years in prison. Seven men broke into his apartment one day with machetes and a video camera, threatening to expose him to the police with their ‘evidence’ that he was gay – if he did not empty his back account for them. This is his story.