Nigerian woman, child spend nights outside Nigerian consulate waiting for free flight – Independent Observers

Nigerian woman, child spend nights outside Nigerian consulate waiting for free flight

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By Kunle Adedoyin

An unnamed Nigerian woman is spending her fourth day camping on the steps of the Nigerian Consulate in Sandton, South Africa, waiting for free ride to the airport, where she would board free flight provided by Air Peace back to Nigeria.

The unnamed woman, holding a baby swaddled in layers of clothes, was reported by eNCA, a local TV station, to have been sleeping at the Nigerian Consulate with her child, saying she had nowhere to go after her apartment had been razed by the rampaging xenophobic attackers.

The woman, who said she had lived in South Africa for five years, told eNCA, that she did not have any money of her own with which to rent another accommodation, hence her decision to camp on the steps of the Nigerian Consulate until the next flight.

The first batch of 187 Nigerians living in South Africa returned home on Wednesday aboard a free flight operated by Air Peace for Nigerian victims of the xenophobic attacks South Africa, which have resulted in of Nigerians being killed and their businesses ruined.

A second flight, scheduled to take off on Thursday, saw a number of delays; and it is currently unclear when the next flight to Nigeria will be.

Speaking on the steps of the consulate, while holding her young child, the woman said, “I’m leaving South Africa because of the fight [sic] and it affect my area a lot.

“They burnt all the shops, some houses and even my flat. They came there. So I just have to leave.”

She said she would wait at the consulate until there is a bus to give her free ride to the airport.

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