South Africans, refugees and migrants use judo to struggle xenophobia

South Africans, refugees and migrants use judo to fight xenophobia

In Johannesburg’s Alexandra township, a just lately renovated constructing serves has the primary “dojo” of this disadvantaged neighbourhood.

Round 20 schoolchildren are right here to “be taught to dwell collectively”, in accordance with the coordinator of the “Judo for Peace” organisation.

“Friendship, respect they’re all issues which can be taught on the mat, on the tatami, as we name it. So these are issues that kids be taught daily, by collaborating collectively in actions, by working collectively they be taught to dwell collectively as properly”, mentioned Roberto Orlando, the programme coordinator in South Africa.

The intention of the programme is to make use of judo as a means for refugees, migrants and South Africans to satisfy, get to know one another, and be taught the “ethical code of this martial artwork”.

“I feel it is rather significant to have like a migrant coach right here, a Congolese coach in a spot like Alexandra. It’s a place the place folks can get used to see refugees as somebody who brings expertise to the nation”, added the Italian coach.

Not too long ago, xenophobic assaults have returned to this disadvantaged neighbourhood.
An anti-migrant group is behind demonstrations and hit-and-run operations to ward off unlawful migrants.

Having a Congolese refugee as a coach can also be very symbolic.

“For me, in Alexandra all people who lives right here is like my household. I’m Congolese, I’m black, I’m African, we’re all African. For me you will need to assist the youngsters right here as a result of it helps all people. So once we be taught, what was once troublesome, turns into simple”, concludes judo teacher Rudolph Ngala.

World Refugee Day is marked this Monday.


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