I've been enjoying these beautiful images from Karen's Flickr pages. Today has been such a sad day for me, and looking at photo's like this reminds me not to give up hope and become too cynical. Over the last week, in shanty towns in and around Johannesburg, 22 people have been killed, 18 of them in the past two days, in an outbreak of shocking xenophobic violence.
I don't like to write about serious things on this blog, in fact this is the first serious post I've done, but this is all so horrible and distressing, it's the only thing on my mind right now. Nobody leaves the country of their birth unless they have to, immigrants from other African countries come to South Africa to escape from war, brutality and poverty. How can we treat them this way? Powerful countries like America were built from the hard work and ingenuity of immigrants. Why can't we be the same?