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Friday, November 7, 2008


Photographic exhibition deals with “The Aftermath of Xenophobic Violence in Durban”.

The Centre for Civil Society, based at the University of KwaZulu Natal presents a photographic exhibition titled We are still here: The Aftermath of Xenophobic Violence in Durban. The exhibition details the challenges of a community of foreign nationals during the outbreak of xenophobia in the Durban area.

The photographs depict the plight of this community during their journey of no end from the doors of the police station to the street outside the City Hall and the Albert Park refugee make-shift camps, where they remain, no longer refugees – but simply taking refuge.

The photographs were taken by CCS community scholar Oliver Meth as well as by the displaced foreign nationals themselves, with a narrative provided by visiting scholar Rebecca Hinely. The exhibition is part of a research project at the Centre for Civil Society examining the role of philanthropy and civil society in the xenophobic crisis.

We are still here can be viewed at the Howard College Campus main library (EG Malherbe) from November 4 to 28.

The project is funded by the C S Mott Foundation and supported by the University of KwaZulu Natal EG Malherbe Library. For more information contact Shauna Mottiar on 031 260 2940 or email: or Helen Poonen on 031 260 3195 or email: