Making Keith angry in South Africa

A blogger in South Africa, obviously doesn’t like what I say here at RRW about the Rainbow Nation. 

Keith said:

I was directed by an acquaintance to a blog titled, “Refugee Resettlement Watch”.
(Click on the Blog Title above to go there)

This lady, presumably American, has a lot to say about the open border policies of South Africa, racial conflict and the spate of Xenophopic violence we saw here recently. Much of this is controversial and would likely lead to heated debate among any group of south Africans… so don’t follow the link if you do not wish to loose your cool today!

Keith, I invite you to tell me how I have it wrong.   I do believe what is happening in South Africa with open borders, too many people, too few resources (jobs etc.) is not about xenophobia, but the reality of too many people, too few resources, agressive immigrant cultures and your indigenous poor fighting for their bit of a better life.     I think South Africa is a lesson for America.

I just went back and looked at recent posts on South Africa’s “xenophobic” problems, ones you linked to, to see what you are so angry with, and for the life of me I don’t know.  So tell me!

Mentally inferior Black South Africans don’t welcome smarter Somalis

That is not my title!  That is the very improbable title given to yet another rehash of the South African “xenophobia” story we have written about many times.  The title is from an article in Medeshi, an on-line publication about the Horn of Africa.  I really haven’t a clue where they are coming from (well maybe that title gives me a little clue!).

Anyway the article is, as I said, another rehash of the supposed “xenophobia” going on in South Africa where local black South Africans are rioting against other African immigrants many of whom have arrived illegally in the Rainbow Nation that Nelson Mandela created.   Obviously since all involved in the violence are black, they can’t use the word “racist,” so “xenophobia” is the word of choice to explain the behavior of the “mentally inferior” locals.   Sound familiar!

Here is how the “mentally inferior” describe the problem:

Our problem is simple: We are hungry. We are angry. And the Somalis are undercutting us.

Does that sound like a mentally deficient statement to you?

Then here is the only new information this article provides.   All of the other articles I’ve written about and even this article until this point suggests the violence is directed at mostly the arrogant Somalis.   Here a Somali claims that they avoided much of the violence by NOT assimilating.  Frankly that makes no sense to me, and contradicts the first part of this article.

…. the Somali community was still vulnerable because of the differences between Somalis and other cultures, said Alas Jama, 43, a Somali from the Cape Town suburb of Bellville.

Although his countrymen had integrated well when it came to establishing businesses in South Africa’s townships, many preferred not to weave their lives into that of the local community. “Because we are Muslim, many Somalis prefer to marry amongst themselves because of the sensitivities associated with mixing cultures,” he commented.

“Somali people’s culture is very different to those you find in Southern African communities and this leads to problems. Many Somalis don’t feel comfortable taking on local cultural traits, which has the affect of alienating them to some degree,” said Jama, who helped coordinate relief efforts during the xenophobic violence.

“Because other Africans from around the region have integrated better with the South African communities in terms of living amongst and marrying locals, they were the first to be targeted by the mobs that took over,” he said.

“Somalis created their own jobs, opened their own shops and stayed amongst themselves, and this really helped them to be spared during the killings here at that time,” Jama said.
“They lost property and had shops destroyed, but it was those who had integrated best who suffered the most from violence, because they initially felt safe and did not leave in time.”

Huh?   Staying separate, not assimilating, being differant all helped spare them from violence?   Lets go back to the title of this article and ask ourselves—who are the mentally inferior?

Search “South Africa” for all we’ve written on the topic.  

Go back to my story of last night from Grand Island, NE and notice a pattern.  Somalis have no plans to assimilate anywhere.

Bhutanese Maoist threatens more violence toward refugees

We’ve been writing about this for months and months, but this week there are fresh threats from Bhutanese Maoists living in refugee camps in Nepal to use violence against fellow refugees who have signed up for resettlement. 

The long and short of the issue is that the Maoists want to overthrow the government of Bhutan (Shangri La) and they need numbers.  They won’t have numbers if 60,000 refugees head to the US over the next five years.

BELDANGI REFUGEE CAMP (Nepal), Oct 16: In a secluded corner of a refugee camp in southern Nepal, Nirmal Chettri outlines his plans for waging a bloody “people’s war” on the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.

With the intense stare of the ideologically fervent, the 26-year-old said his organisation, the Bhutan Communist Party (MarxistLeninist-Maoist), was ready to start killing for its cause.

He also warned that his faction would step up attacks on thousands of Bhutanese refugees who are leaving the camps in Nepal to start new lives abroad.

“There will be a lot of casualties and destruction but we cannot shy away from fighting for justice,” said Chettri, one of around 100,000 Bhutanese of Nepalese origin who were forced to flee Bhutan in the early 1990s.

The refugees have languished in UN camps in southern Nepal for more than 15 years, and now — after the United States of fered to resettle at least 60,000 — many are preparing to leave.

Around 50,000 have signed up for international resettlement, and 5,000 have already left.
But Chettri and his comrades want to stop the exodus, because he believes the refugees have been “brainwashed and hypnotised” and that the resettlement programme reduces his party’s chances of destroying Bhutan’s monarchy ….

For those of you who think this Bhutanese refugee flow to the US is driven purely by humanitarian zeal, think again.  The Bush Administration has apparently chosen to save Bhutan from communism by bringing tens of thousands of third worlders to the US.  I guess they figure they will have a twofer as well by supplying big businesses, like meatpacking companies, with cheap labor.

The Refugee Resettlement program of the US State Department is used for political reasons.  It is aided and abetted by the ‘do-gooder image’ cover it gets in the media and among the volags that make their living resettling refugees.

If you would like to know what we have previously written on this subject, just type “Bhutan” into our search function.

West Texans worried about health issues involving refugees

Folks in Midland, TX, must be expressing concern about refugees arriving with health problems or this pow-wow wouldn’t have happened.  From a publication called, West Texas Missioner:

First Presbyterian Church played host to a large and distinguished gathering for a wide-ranging discussion of international refugees and public health. Both government and non-government agencies at the local, regional and state levels were well-represented at the meeting, which provided an opportunity to address health concerns raised by Midland’s small-but-growing international refugee community.

Those in attendance learned about the stringent guidelines (overseen by the World Health Organization) for those who wish to apply for residence in the United States as refugees…..


This is what they tell concerned citizens, but it’s not the truth.  Refugees enter the US with HIV/AIDs and with TB.   Just ask the swamped health department in Allen County, IN (Fort Wayne).    Often because health departments are swamped, or a volag is not doing its job, refugee children and adults go unscreened and unvaccinated for many many months.  

See our health issues category for more information.