The Nelson Mandela Foundation has launched an initiative to promote peace in divided communities previously plagued by xenophobic attacks.
Head of the dialogue programme, Mothomang Diaho, points out that: “We cannot deny the fact that there have really been traumatised communities and that is why the focus is on those communities where there have been attacks.”
The programme is in response to last year’s wave of xenophobic attacks that claimed 62 lives, including 21 South Africans and displaced more than 80 000 people. It is also an extension of the foundation’s existing community dialogue project that to date has focused on understanding attitudes towards HIV/AIDS, particularly the limited effect of services provided.
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