Getachew Sugebo left his home in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to escape ethnic violence. He has been in South Africa for 12 years. He has been a victim of Xenophobic violence and complains that crime is really bad. His shop in Yeoville has been broken into many times.
Abdikadir Ibrahim fled fighting in his home town of Kismayo in 2012. Since moving to Johannesburg he has been attacked three times. In 2014 he spent 3 months in hospital after someone threw a petrol bomb into his shop. He is lucky to be alive.
Alexis Onene (35) aka "Yulele" is an award-winning, professional drummer and singer from Abidjan in the Ivory Coast. He came to South Africa 5 years ago to make a name for himself. He lives in Yeoville, Johannesburg.
Adnaan Yassin Abdullahi (31) is from Gelemso in Ethiopia. He was active in student protests against the government and fled Ethiopia following army clampdowns. He now runs a restaurant in Mayfair, Johannesburg.
Shaibu Sabiti (29) is from Mangochi in Malawi. He has been in South Africa for 5 years and works as a cook in a Somalian-owned restaurant in Mayfair, Johannesburg.
Chantal Nsunda was born in Angola but moved to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) when she was much younger. She left the DRC for South Africa 19 years ago and now runs a small but successful dress making business in Yeoville, Johannesburg.
Abenego Mokom (32) is from the city of Douala in Cameroon. He came to South Africa four years ago to help his brother run a business.
Cyprian Ejike Ikani (38) is from Delta State, Nigeria. He has been in South Africa for 10 years. He came to South Africa, like thousands of other Nigerians to look for a “better life”.
Tigisti Kebede (17) is one of four athletes who crossed their arms in a symbol of protest while representing Ethiopia at an athletics tournament in Durban. Fearing reprisals the four decided to run away from the hotel and are now seeking refuge in South Africa.
In 1998 Abdul Nasir Haji (42) fled ethnic violence in Mogadishu, Somalia and came to South Africa. He owns a small tuck shop and is a member of a Somalian Community group. He lives in Mayfair, Johannesburg.
Rashid Shaba used to be a school teacher back home in Malawi. He now earns a much better living as a gardener in Johannesburg. In his spare time he leads a congregation of mostly Malawian migrants in a tented church in Olivienhoutbosch township. He sends most of his earnings home to Malawi where his children still live.
Jaafar Yuusuf Mohamed (25) aka “Booree” is a well known Ethiopian musician and activist. He uses his music to draw attention to the injustices and atrocities he says are committed against his tribe - the Oromo people. After several arrests and beatings, he decided to pay traffickers to get him to South Africa where he now seeks asylum.