Buses containing over 400 Mozambican illegal immigrants living in neighboring South Africa are repatriated to Mozambique on Friday, the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Oldemiro Baloi, told a press conference in Maputo.
“They are 450 Mozambicans, out of 1,000 people arrested by the police in South Africa in a joint campaign among the police, the army and the immigration officers,” said Baloi.
According to the minister, the remaining will be deported in the coming days.
The anti-foreigner pogroms in South Africa starting from this March, resulted in the fleeing of about 3,000 Mozambicans.
The 450 people who are arriving on Friday will join their countrymen in the transit center at Boane, about 30 kilometers west of Maputo, and Baloi said the government will provide assistance, including food, clothing, domestic utensils, among others.
Mozambique’s relief agency, the National Disaster Management Institute (INGC), has installed 42 tents which are accommodating the victims, before they are sent to their zones of origin.
The Boane center is also equipped with clean drinking water for the returnees, sanitation facilities, and kitchens so that all the new arrivals can be given hot meals. Enditem