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Voices from the xeno camps - Elvira Modesero

A Burundian nurse's story is the first of five video testimonies released by MSF featuring refugees and migrants displaced by the wave of xenophobic violence in April 2015.

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CAPE TOWN - The derogatory term kwerekwere is a word Elvira Modesero has heard many times.

The Burundian nurse features in the first of a series of powerful video testimonies released by Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

The stories, which expose the harsh daily realities of refugees and migrants living in South Africa, were collected from people staying in temporary displacement camps in KwaZulu-Natal after a wave of xenophobic violence swept through the country.

In a press statement MSF says: "Our objective is to make their stories visible to South Africans and to encourage people to learn about the daily life-threatening challenges that vulnerable foreign nationals face.

"We are asking South Africans to help stop xenophobia and commit to showing #Solidarity4Survival by sharing these stories."

The organisation has been active in the displacement camps, first providing primary healthcare and water/sanitation services, now providing psychological support to those who are struggling to cope with the trauma of fleeing their homes.