Three days ago I was watching,"God grew tired of us"; a documentary on young children as old as 7 who are fleeing Sudan to refugee camps in Kenya and the surrounding countries.These kids are commonly known as "Lost boys/girls".These ones in particular end up in the US and through the help of the US government,NGO's these guys are able to build some form of life for themselves. This made me think of our own situation in Mzansi,how are we helping refugees/asylmseekers to start a new life? So I hit the internet for answers, I was appalled to see there is not much that we and the government are doing to help refugees.
Aside from giving refugees an ID book and a right to apply for permenant residence after 5 years within the country. We do not help the refugees to settle into the country; to find accomodation,work and most are just dumped in the townships or outskirts of farm lands.Where they have to compete directly with locals ,who have not even been sensitized about the plight of the refugees,for employment.
This really made me wonder,why do we really have a government in place to begin with? What's happening with our tax money? Why after 15 years of democracy the state mechanisims are stillnot working properly? Have we as the public let our public system just rot or are the politicians failing us?
Cause if the status quo continues in SA we are only going to have more clashes between locals and refugees/immigrants/asylum seekers.Cause there is no co-ordiation.This no big plan on how to handle refugees and how to manage them and intergrate them into our society.Theres no goal that we are working towards.Has the government failed in this respect or has the republic failed itself and its fellow Africans?