I received two emails from friends before I realized that this was happening in South Africa. Violence erupted in Alex against foreigners who are believed to take jobs. The violence then spilled over into Johannesburg and Durban. 24 people have been killed, scores wounded and thousands have sought refuge in Churches and police stations.
Here are some moving photos of refugees in the Central Methodist Church in Johannesburg sent to me by my friend, Alison van Molen (DA Councillor, Ward 102)
"Trying to the best they can"
Food, blankets and baby food donations are pouring in.
Money donations are welcome. (I don't think donations from overseas will get through due to SA's foreign exchange rules, but it never hurts to try.)
MONEY DONATIONS CAN BE MADE TO:
Randburg Methodist Church
Standard Bank Randburg
Branch Code: 01800590