This is part three 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.
Atop a slag heap in the West Johannesburg neighbourhood of Crown Mines, hundreds of Zimbabwean asylum seekers wait for their turn the see the immigration officials at the Department of Home Affairs. An informal shantytown has sprung up near the entrance to Home Affairs, only here what pass for shanties consist of just a blanket and cardboard mattress. The refugees sleep in queues; some have been there for ten days or more. Roughly twenty people from each queue are seen per day, leaving the rest to slowly advance place-by-place over the days.