Namibian artists to act against xenophobia

20 Apr 2015 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 20 APR (NAMPA) - Namibian artists will show their solidarity with foreigners who are at the receiving end of brutal xenophobic attacks at the hands of some South Africans in that country.
The artists will hold a peaceful demonstration on Wednesday to denounce the attacks, which have reportedly left around seven people dead and scores of others with life-threatening injuries.
The march will take place at the Zoo Park in Windhoek from 09h00.
The aim of the campaign is to encourage fellow South African artists to take a stand and make use of the power vested in them “to communicate to their followers to stop the violence and killings of fellow Africans and unite as ‘One People, One Africa’”, said Namibia Music Industry Union (NAMIU) national coordinator, Johannes Shalipo Haludilu.
He told Nampa in an interview on Monday that his union is inviting all artists of different art genres to come together as one and send a message of peace to South Africans to stop xenophobic acts on fellow Africans.
“During the difficult times of war, African countries rendered safe refuge for war victims, so why should we today forget this and tolerate xenophobic attacks on other African people?” he asked.
So far, close to 200 different artists have confirmed their participation in the demonstration, amongst them Big Ben, D-Naff and Tunakie.
Haludilu further applauded the Namibian people for keeping peace with foreigners, saying that “we know what war can bring, we know what peace can bring; united we stand, divided we fall. Let us unite as one Africa and rise against xenophobia”.