"Breaking Borders" - stories of migrants living in Johannesburg
On Africa Day 25 May, a new 5-part series of radio documentaries chronicling
the lives, challenges, dreams, and positive contributions of migrants living
in South Africa, is hitting the airwaves. In "Breaking Borders," five
migrants tell their stories of where they came from, what life is like for
them in their new home, and what their goals are for the future.
Produced by CMFD (Community Media for Development) Productions for FAHAMU
Networks for Social Justice, with support from the Open Society Foundation
(OSF), the Breaking Borders project brought together South African community
radio journalists and both internal and external migrants to collaboratively
produce the documentaries. By working together, migrants had an opportunity
to access media and tell their stories, while building capacity of radio
journalists to report on migration issues with a human face.
Southern Africa has a long history of mobile populations. Economic and
political instability in neighbouring countries means that South Africa is
at the focal point of this movement. Many come from countries like Zimbabwe,
Mozambique, Zambia, etc, looking for a better life, yet often find
difficulties and hardships. Migration is an important part of South Africa's
social fabric. Yet we rarely hear the stories of how it is for a Zimbabwean
to leave their home, or what it is like to be a refugee from Congo,
qualified to be a teacher or nurse, and unable to find any kind of work in
their new home country. This project aimed to address this gap in media
The touching stories share insights into what it is like to leave home -
from Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Congo, Burundi, and even from within the country -
and journey far away to the bright lights and big city of Johannesburg, a
place full of both challenges and opportunities. What is clear from each
story is that life is not easy for migrants living in Johannesburg, yet the
contributions to the social, economic and cultural fabric of the country as
varied as they are.
The documentaries are being distributed free of charge to radio stations.
To read more or listen online, find Breaking Borders on www.cmfd.org
To request more information or a copy of the CD, contact:
Community Media for Development (CMFD) Productions
PO Box 66193, Broadway 2020, JHB
+27 (0)73 132 7032
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