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Staying positive amid violence

(June 22nd, 2008)

Last month, groups of South Africans attacked poor immigrants from other African countries who had fled to South Africa to escape war or economic hardship in their home countries. The locals blamed the migrants for taking away jobs and housing, and for an increase in crime. At least 65 immigrants were killed in the violence. Hundreds more were injured. Small businesses were looted, and shacks were torched. As many as 80 thousand immigrants fled their homes.

Reporter Gretchen Wilson was in Johannesburg at the time and offers a Reporter’s Notebook on something she did not expect to see — people helping people.

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Xenophobia only hurts South Africa

(June 3rd, 2008)

South Africa’s economy relies on as many as 5 million foreign nationals. But when mobs attacked these foreigners last month, more than 50,000 of the migrants fled. Gretchen Wilson reports how that could hurt the country.

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South Africans march against violence

(May 30th, 2008)

African immigrants have been attacked in some South African neighborhoods in a recent wave of xenophobic violence. But now some South Africans have organized marches against the attacks. Gretchen Wilson reports from Johannesburg.

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Violence spurs humanitarian crisis

(May 30th, 2008)

Anti-immigrant violence in South Africa has forced tens of thousands from their homes and could have a long-lasting economic impact on the region. Gretchen Wilson reports from outside Johannesburg.

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Anti-immigrant anger erupts in S. Africa

(May 19th, 2008)

Millions of Zimbabwe residents have fled to South Africa to escape the turmoil in their country. But their influx has touched off brutal riots in Johannesburg. Reporter Gretchen Wilson is there and describes the scene.

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Apartheid suits target U.S. companies

(May 13th, 2008)

Chevron, Citigroup and Ford are among companies accused in three lawsuits of profiting from South Africa’s former apartheid system. A move by the U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for the lawsuits to go forward. Gretchen Wilson has more.

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Arms may be headed to Zimbabwe

(April 17th, 2008)

Zimbabwe election results remain under wraps, but today a new twist in the troubled nation’s saga: South African officials confirm a Chinese ship carrying arms has been cleared through South African customs. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Voting with their stomachs

(March 28th, 2008)

Zimbabwe has gone from being a net food exporting country to one with a critical food shortage — all of which will play into Sunday’s presidential election. Marketplace’s Africa correspondent Gretchen Wilson talks with Kai Ryssdal about the nation’s crisis.

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Third World export: security guards

(March 26th, 2008)

The number of civilian contractors killed in Iraq last year rose 17%. Not all of them were Americans. Private security firms are increasingly using third-country nationals to support the war. Gretchen Wilson reports from Namibia.

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Private security firms look to Africa for recruits

(March 17th, 2008)

Namibia’s independence war ended nearly 20 years ago, but the experience gained by many soldiers during the conflict has made the country a fertile hunting ground for private security companies seeking recruits for the world’s 21st century wars.

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