Category Archive: Refugees


According to the UNHCR – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees or simply the UN Refugee Agency – in 2010, “more asylum applications were lodged in South Africa than in any other country… Continue reading

Cradle of Humankind

It is well past midnight in Johannesburg but I could not go to bed without posting at least a few photos from today filming of b-roll footage. The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage… Continue reading

Visiting Zimbabwean Refugees – Photo Essay


The experiences of meeting and talking to various people and seeing different places are stunning me into silence. On one hand, not much of what I see and hear is different from what… Continue reading

Photo Tour of Hillbrow, Johannesburg

Hillbrow is one of Johannesburg neighborhoods with large number of immigrants/migrants. We toured it today with dear Zimbabwean friends. I have no energy to write blog post tonight but here are some photos.… Continue reading

The Nomad Heart

Last night I was suddenly overwhelmed by the complexity of the issue of refugees in South Africa. ┬áNot that I thought it would be different, but many ┬ásubtle, and some certainly less subtle,… Continue reading


Today Kay and I settled in Pretoria and embarked on the mundane tasks of grocery shopping and sorting the wireless Internet connection. Our place is in the Pretoria suburb of Queenswood, promoted as… Continue reading

UNHCR Reports that South Africa is Favored Country for Asylum Seekers

According to this morning’s SA The Sunday Times, “one quarter of all asylum requests in the world are being filed in South Africa, with hundreds of thousands of desperate Africans taking advantage of… Continue reading