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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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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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Kenyans seek food, shelter in crisis

(January 7th, 2008)

The violence in Kenya has uprooted a quarter of a million people, and the U.N. is rushing provisions to the country to combat hunger and malaria. Gretchen Wilson reports Kenyans also face an identity crisis.

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Kenya turmoil’s impact felt across region

(January 4th, 2008)

The turmoil in Kenya has subsided but it is still sending economic ripples across East Africa. Correspondent Gretchen Wilson is monitoring the situation. She spoke with host Bob Moon.

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Culture Shock for New Refugees

(May 11th, 2007)

Tens of thousands of Somalis have fled their warring nation for the safety of Kenyan refugee camps, but the influx has strained resources at the camps and they’re finding that life isn’t easy there either. Gretchen Wilson brings us their story.

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An economy grows among Somali Refugees

(February 27th, 2007)

Just inside Kenya’s border with Somalia, some 170,000 Somalis live in refugee camps, waiting for peace in their homeland. In the camps, people balance dependence on aid with grassroots economic development. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Somalia turmoil spills into South Africa

(December 8th, 2006)

Somali refugees who have fled the violence in their country have setled in South Afrca. They’ve set up shops in townships, competing with local business. And that’s spurred new violence.

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Fleeing war, Somalis are targets of violence in adopted home

(October 10th, 2006)

MASIPHUMELELE, 10 October 2006 (IRIN) – Dozens of Somalis have allegedly been killed in South Africa’s Western Cape Province in the past few months in what appears to be an escalating campaign of xenophobic violence.

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