Organisations withdraws from shelter

Medicines Sans Frontiers defended its decision to withdraw from the Klerksoord shelter in northern...

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Medicines Sans Frontiers defended its decision to withdraw from the Klerksoord shelter in northern <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><place w:st="on"><city w:st="on">Pretoria.

More than 600 foreigners who fled from xenophobic violence last year had been left without medical care after the organisation suspended its services there.

The camp was officially closed last year, but the immigrants were refusing to go back to their communities saying there was no guarantee they would be safe.

MSF’s Bianca Tolboom said it wanted to concentrate its efforts elsewhere.

“We do need to refocus on our activities in central <city w:st="on">Johannesburg where we have also a clinic in the <place w:st="on"><placename w:st="on">Central<placename w:st="on">Methodist<placetype w:st="on">Church assisting Zimbabwean migrants. We think that it’s a primarily the government’s responsibility to assist those people,” said Tolboom.