PASSOP held our first annual Candlelight Vigil to honour Victims of Xenophobic Violence on May 21, 2012. In May 2008, 732 people were injured or killed in South Africa when xenophobic violence seized the country. Four years later, hundreds gathered together to listen to the reflections of both the victims and the apologetic perpetrators as they shared their stories. Community and civil society leaders also spoke, discussing the ways to move forward inside the Idasa House. After the speeches, everyone lit a candle and walked outside to the Slavery Tree for a moment of silence.
It was an emotional, courageous, moving event that allowed people to reflect on the past and vow to move forward towards a more positive, welcoming, inclusive society.