loveLife Trust, South Africa’s national Youth Leadership Development organisation is saddened by violent attacks on foreign nationals living in South Africa. loveLife condemns the violent attacks on foreign nationals that have erupted in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and elsewhere in South Africa. As an Adolescent and Youth focused organisation, loveLife is calling an all South Africans, especially young South Africans to take action to put an end to these senseless killings of foreign nationals living within our borders. loveLife is also calling for calm and tolerance in communities within the province of kwaZulu Natal.

In standing firm against xenophobia, loveLife will work to address attitudes, perceptions and behaviours that fuel violence and prejudice towards foreign nationals living in South Africa.loveLife will activate its groundBREAKERs (peer motivators and community mobilisers who implement loveLife programmes) and mpintshis (volunteers who work in partnership with groundBREAKERs) to lead the organisation’s Born Free and Community Dialogues in KwaZulu-Nataland other regions affected by the violence to discuss issues relating to xenophobia, human rights, access to services, harmony, tolerance and youth development.

The organisation’s Community Dialogues are a platform where young people and their parents or adults within the communities openly talk about a variety of social challenges, while also finding ways to tackle them head on. At the Born Free Dialogues, young people discuss amongst themselvesissuesaffecting them and their development and then work to find sustainableresolutions to addressing them.

loveLife groundBREAKERs and mpintshis will be at the forefront of discussions on xenophobia at these dialogues, which will give participants the opportunity to express their views on the issue, while also coming up with lasting solutions to tackling these violence and putting forward alternative solutions to addressing their issues. Indeed, the Born Free and Community Dialogues will assist in building unity, social cohesion and integration among people of different nations within communities.

Other initiatives loveLife will run to curb xenophobia include producing talk shows with debate and conversation on xenophobia-related topics, including nationalism, the scramble for scarce resources and controlling immigration. Aired on African language and community stations across South Africa, these shows will play a powerful role in challenging attitudes and practices that fuel xenophobia.

loveLife will activate its provincial and regional offices in KwaZulu-Natal and work with municipalities within the province to strengthen programmes that demand an end to the current wave of xenophobic violence. As loveLife, we want to partner with organisations working to address xenophobia, such as AbahlalibaseMjondolo Movement, International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and Amnesty International. We fully endorse the plans ofAbahlalibaseMjondoloto work to support the development of a joint committee against xenophobia made up of South African organisations and organisations representing foreign nationals. We support them in their drive to continue working with migrant organisations in all their activities and engaging their members to bring about peace. loveLife with support from USAID-funded Building Local Capacity for Delivery of HIV Services in Southern Africa Project (BLC)is currently implementing a migrant youth programme in Limpopo to work under the Migration Corridor project. Through the programme, migrant youth in Limpopo are benefiting from loveLife’s comprehensive healthy sexuality, positive lifestyle and arts and culture programmes, which are implemented in schools, clinics and community-based organisations.

With its target audience of 12 to 25 year olds, loveLife is in a prime position to mould themindsets of youth to address challenges fuelling xenophobia, while also encouraging them to be active citizens in eradicating anti-foreign attacks, perceptions and beliefs.

For further information please contact Thandi on the above details.

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