Xenophobia a global phenomenon – Kwesi Pratt

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Managing Editor of the Insight newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr, has asked African leaders and the international media to fight xenophobia worldwide since it is a global phenomenon.

A number of foreign nationals based in South Africa have been killed, while scores of others have been injured as a result of the recent xenophobic attacks.

The attacks which were initially targeted at Nigerians, have rendered some other foreign nationals homeless.

Although the cause of the ongoing attacks is not known, unconfirmed reports link the attacks to a supposed illegal drug business gone wrong between Nigerians and some South Africans contradicting earlier reports of Nigerians taking up business of south African youth.

Speaking with Ekourba Gyasi on Atinka am Drive, Kwesi Pratt Jnr stated that it will be unfair to point fingers at South Africa when the Western world is practicing worst forms of Xenophobia.

He recounted how a teenager called him a black monkey in London which, according to him, is more inhumane than the attacks in South Africa.

“I was in London earlier this year and I had to run for my life as a small girl asked what a black monkey like me was doing there. If there is a need to fight xenophobia, then we need to fight it everywhere and not just in South Africa. It would be unfair to single out South Africa when xenophobia is mentioned,” he said.

According to him, there should be sanctions on all countries practicing various forms of xenophobia whether they are Asian, European or African.


Ghana | Atinkaonline.com | Vivian Adu Boatemaa