News Three on the Race Riots in South Africa
posted by May 19 at 11:55 AMon
Some 6,000 people have fled a wave of attacks on foreigners in South Africa, which has left at least 22 dead, aid workers say.
“This is a classic refugee situation,” Rachel Cohen from Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) told the BBC.
Many of those who have sought refuge in police stations, churches and community halls are Zimbabweans, who have fled violence and poverty at home.
One: How is it that black South Africans are so racially distinct from black Zimbabweans? Not even a thousand miles separate them, yet there are such strong differences in tone of color, shape of eyes, nose, and cheek bones. Does the diversity of races within black Africa have anything to do with the diversity of languages?
Two: I wonder if the South African hooligans are also targeting Zimbabweans from Matabeleland, home of the descendants of Mzilikazi Khumalo, a general who in the 1830s split from Shaka and settled his massive army in what Europeans called, after purchasing it from Mzilikazi’s son, Lobengula, Rhodesia, and the black African nationalists renamed Zimbabwe after the success of the second chimurenga—the second rebellion and first proper war for national independence that was instigated by the decedents of Mzilikazi and completed by their former subjects, the descendants of the Rozwi Empire, the Shona speakers. In short, many Zimbabweans in South African are racially linked to the Zulus.
Three: Because of the content in the newspapers and news sites in cyberspace, I often feel I’m the only Zimbabwean in the world who is not having a hard life.