In South Africa, a major problem facing migrant children is the lack of available spaces devoted to them in order to express themselves, get educated and play. These three activities are essential to their development. Terre des Hommes therefore tries to fill in the gap by organizing occasional events where children and youth have the opportunity to play and express their views.

World play day commemoration for refugee and migrant children

During this day, more than 8,000 children participated in activities organized by Terre des Hommes partner organizations all over South Africa. One of these activities was organised in the framework of the Joburg Child Welfare project and took place in Masibambisane, Soweto. 200 migrant children from 3 welcome centres competed in a range of activities including dance, drama, debating, structured play and creative writing.  During the debates, the children condemned the violence against children and the xenophobia in South Africa. They also came up with special requests addressed to policy makers calling for the respect of their rights, adequate protection and more safe play spaces for their development.

Africa Day in Johannesburg

On the 25th of May 2016, Terre des Hommes partners in South Africa working on the Destination Unknown campaign celebrated the Africa Day which is an annual commemoration of the African Union’s establishment.

Youth and community members from different nationalities took part to the event and participated in speeches and theatrical performances depicting the hardships they face every day and presenting their vision of the future for Africa.

The event was hosted by the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA) in partnership with other partner organisations including Jesuit Refugees Service (JRS).

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