This is an update to part one of an ongoing assignment for Médecins Sans Frontières on the migration of refugees from impoverished Zimbabwe into South Africa. Photos Copyright ©2009 Austin Andrews / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Not to be reprinted or reproduced without permission.
Under pressure from nearby business owners the City of Johannesburg has begun to move in on the Central Methodist Church, a downtown transit camp for over 5000 Zimbabwean refugees. On Tuesday workers erected an iron fence around its entrances in an effort to restrict the movement of refugees after dark, a gesture that Bishop Paul Verryn has condemned.
The church and Medecins Sans Frontieres are currently fighting a lawsuit that seeks to move their operations elsewhere.