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TAC handing over relief efforts

TAC is no longer accepting donations from the public, but instead requests that all donations be given to the various aid organisations that are providing aid relief to the various shelters and camps. It appears that the humanitarian organisations that usually do this kind of work have got the situation under control. TAC wishes to thank everyone for the enormous generosity seen in terms of time, money and goods received over the past weeks. Our deepest gratitude to those who responded to this terrible crisis. If you would like to make a donation, we encourage you to please call one of the organisations below:

March in Cape Town today against xenophobia

Meet at 10am in Cape Town's Keizersgracht Street today to march against xenophobia. The march will proceed to Parliament from 11am. The march will be led by leaders of the refugees/displaced people from xenophobic violence, who will address the media at the ALP offices in 122 Longmarket Street, Cape Town at 2pm today.

Health and Human Rights Groups Condemn Cape Town Mayor Helen Zille for Promotion of Internment Camps

(Cape Town, South Africa, 27 May 2008)—the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), AIDS Law Project (ALP) and the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) jointly condemn Helen Zille, the Mayor of Cape Town, for her continued insistence on setting up internment camps in remote locations throughout the Cape Town Metro area to deal with the thousands of people displaced by xenophobic violence and harassment over the past two weeks.

Urgent request for information: suppliers of rain coats and sleeping bags

We urgently need to source inexpensive plastic rain coats and inexpensive insulated sleeping bags. If you know where we can source these items, please contact Estelle on 084 730 0935.

Video: TAC Responds to Crisis

The Cape refugee emergency – where and how to help

The Western Cape Civil Society Coalition coordinates the humanitarian assistance to people displaced by the crisis that is unfolding. If you'd like to pitch in, this website ( is where to find out how. It is continually updated as the response unfolds and our needs change, so check back often.

Civil Society Rally Against Xenophobia

St George's Cathedral, Wale Street (corner Queen Victoria)
Tuesday 27 May 2008
12 - 2pm

The Western Cape Civil Society Coalition (made up of trade unions, FBOs, SAHRC and human, health and refugee rights organisations) has been formed to respond to and deal with the threats of and actual violent attacks against foreign nationals as well as the humanitarian crisis that has unfolded in our country.

This Tuesday we are having a rally/public meeting to speak out against the:

Letter sent to all displaced people

Today, with deliveries of food, blankets, health care supplies and clothing, the Civil Society Coalition delivered a letter to every displaced person. The letter expressed solidarity with residents of South Africa born in other African countries, condemned the violence, and urged all displaced people to stay and contribute in South Africa. See full text of letter.

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