South Africa, Africa

Video: Voices from the camps – Amuri Djuma

By Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Southern Africa 21 May 2015

In the lead-up to Africa Day (25 May), MSF South Africa is releasing a series of five hard-hitting and poignant video testimonies from refugees and migrants displaced by April’s wave of xenophobic violence in Durban to refugee camps in Chatsworth and Isipingo. By DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS (MSF) SOUTHERN AFRICA.

Amuri Djuma came to South Africa in 2004, leaving behind conflict in his home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo. He first worked as barber, then branched into carpentry as a trade. Later Amuri opened a furniture store and hairdressing business, which employed South Africans. During a wave of xenophobic attacks in Durban, Amuri’s shop was looted and 80% of his stock was stolen. With very little left, Amuri still hopes to rebuild his life in Durban: “You can still achieve anything if you are alive, you need to focus on what is next.”

This video is filmed and edited by Durban-based Scholars & Gentlemen.

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