How safe is going home to Somalia?

Kristy Siegfried/IRIN

Abdullahi Wehliye’s shop in Philippi township in Cape Town has been robbed seven times since 2010. During one occasion in 2012, his brother was shot and killed

How safe is going home to Somalia?


By Kristy Siegfried

JOHANNESBURG, 28 November 2013 (IRIN) - Not so long ago, Somali asylum seekers were arriving in South Africa at a rate of about 1,500 a month. Even a year ago, about 100 a week were still trickling in, according to the Somali Association of South Africa. These days, many more are departing than arriving, and most of them are leaving on flights bound for Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital. 
 
“Life is difficult for them in South Africa,” said Reys Ofman, general secre...


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