76 Malawians repatriated from south Africa weeks after xenophobic attacks.

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The Malawi Government has repatriated 76 Malawians from South Africa following attacks targeting foreign nationals.

The 76 arrived at Kwacha in Blantyre, via Mwanza border on Thursday, 19th September 2019, at 1:00am.

The returnees, of which 14 are children under the age of 18, were provided with shelter, food, toiletries and underwent immigration and medical screening.

They have been supported with travel logistics to their various destinations.

Speaking when he officially welcomed the repatriated Malawians, Secretary to the Vice President and Commissioner for Disaster Management Affairs Wilson Moleni assured them that Government will do everything within its means to ensure that they reach their various destinations in Malawi.

Said Moleni: “Feel free, you are most welcome back home. Government, through the Department of Disaster Management Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in collaboration with various partners such as the Malawi Red Cross Society, worked tirelessly to facilitate your repatriation, we will continue to work together to ensure that you reach your destinations in the country.”

Speaking on behalf of the returnees, Kenius Banda commended government and its partners for their efforts.

“We have been provided with all basic needs since our displacement in South Africa up to Malawi, including funds to carter for our transport expenses as we travel to our various destinations” said Banda.

113 Malawians were displaced in South Africa and were being kept in temporary shelters set by the South African Department of Disaster Management.

In a statement, Malawi’s Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DODMA) said out of the 113 displaced Malawians, the 76 people were the ones who showed willingness to be transported back home.

“DODMA has hired two buses to ferry the displaced Malawians back home.

More than 700 people from countries such as Malawi and Zimbabwe fled their homes and sought refuge in community centers in South Africa.

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