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UN task team to help SA deal with xenophobia

The agency will look to help the country by bringing different expertise to curb the problem.

Young Malawian men sit inside their tent in the Isipingo camp on 25 April 2015, which was a temporary home for people displaced by xenophobic violence in Durban. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The United Nations has set up a task team to assist the South African government in dealing with xenophobic tensions in the country.

A wave of xenophobic unrest this month left seven people dead and thousands of foreigners displaced in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Johannesburg.

Tina Ghelli, from the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, says the agency will look to help the country by bringing different expertise to curb the problem.

"The UN system as a whole wants to support the government in its response. So we've looked at different areas of expertise within each UN agency and we're going to be sharing with them the areas where we can provide support."