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CT reverend who has taken in hundreds of refugees calls on leadership to step up

1 November 2019 3:58 PM
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Refugees
Cape Town
Foreign nationals
UNHCR
Central Methodist Church
UN
CBD
Reverend Alan Storey

At least 400 refugees, including dozens of small children, are temporarily staying at the Central Methodist Church in Cape Town.

The refugees who were forcibly removed from a sit-in in the Cape Town CBD have found shelter at the Central Methodist Church in the city centre.

The foreign nationals were evicted from outside the United Nations (UN) buildings where they had been camping for three weeks.

The Methodist Church's Reverend Alan Storey estimates that between 400 to 500 foreigners have taken refuge at the local church since the violent clashes on Wednesday.

At least 100 of those individuals are young children.

The reverend says there are also more people sleeping outside the church.

RELATED: We are prioritising the most vulnerable refugees who need assistance - UNHCR

He says the high concentration of people in the poorly-ventilated space could potentially pose health risks, especially for the children.

RELATED: Foreigners camp inside CT church, UN agency says they must return to homes in SA

Gift of the Givers and other relief groups have helped provide toiletries, food and other necessities for the refugees.

It's not suitable for children.

Rev Alan Storey, Minister at the Central Methodist Mission

It's not a long-term solution.

Rev Alan Storey, Minister at the Central Methodist Mission

The likelihood of people getting ill is heightened. We're concerned about that.

Rev Alan Storey, Minister at the Central Methodist Mission

The reverend has called on leaders to take action to try and resolve the situation.

This is not a long-term thing. We're trying to keep people safe in the brief interim. We're asking that leaders step up.

Rev Alan Storey, Methodist minister at the Central Methodist Mission

The refugees are expected to meet with legal representatives and other officials to discuss their options on Friday afternoon.

Listen to the discussion with Mike Wills:


1 November 2019 3:58 PM
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Refugees
Cape Town
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UNHCR
Central Methodist Church
UN
CBD
Reverend Alan Storey

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