Nigerian nationals evacuated from South Africa

South Africa: Nigeria to repatriate 600 citizens amid violence

In the latest of periodic xenophobic violence in South Africa, deadly riots last week in Pretoria and Johannesburg killed at least 10 people including two foreigners, and targeted foreign-owned businesses.

It was not immediately clear how many people boarded the flight, but Nigeria's government said it estimated 313 people were on their way home.

Meanwhile, Abike Dabiri, head of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, said the government would not provide financial assistance to those leaving South Africa.

"I made a decision to leave because I value my life more than anything else because here is very hostile at the moment".

Some will leave on two flights on Wednesday, Nigeria's Consul General in Johannesburg told the BBC.

She and her family live in Rosettenville, one of the first areas to be affected by the violence.

In total, 640 Nigerians living in South Africa had registered at Nigerian missions to take the flights offered by the airline last week after bands of South Africans launched violent attacks against foreign-owned shops and stalls, looting and burning the small businesses and attacking some of the shopkeepers.

But there is also high unemployment in the country and some people feel foreigners are taking their jobs.

Nigeria isn't the only African nation evacuating its nationals from South Africa in the wake of the xenophobic attacks.

Nigerian authorities in South Africa subsequently arranged temporal travel certificates for most of those that had offered to return home. Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh and Ethiopia topped the list of countries where people applied for asylum or refugee status in 2018. He said the "most significant negative impact is around sentiment" as MTN investors around the world called him anxious about the images they were seeing on TV.

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