The Somali Association of South Africa plays a significant role in the integration of Muslim Somali refugees in SA. It is a national organization with a branch in the Eastern Cape. The number of Somali refugees in SA, who fled 16 years of civil war, is high with big concentrations in Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage. By and large, these refugees run businesses and are settling down, buying property and contributing to local projects like building of Musjids.
There have been several xenophobic attacks on Somalis, with many losing their lives. SASA plays a vital role in liaising with government and civil society in trying to smooth relations with locals. They played a role in mediating the Motherwell riots in 2007, when over 100 Somali shops were looted.
Making the Somali community self-reliant and integrating with the local community.
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