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The xenophobic attacks of 2008 represent a moment in SA’s history that most of us would prefer to forget. But, and especially given the permeating longevity of hatred of foreigners in SA, and the flare-ups of violence against them that happen all too often, they are a truth we should all be grappling with. This is what award-winning photojournalists James Oatway and Alon Skuy have done with their exhibition, Killing The Other, which opens at the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre in Forest Town this week. The show runs until July 1 and was timed to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the 2008 outbreak of xenophobic violence that scorched SA and left more than 60 people dead. Their images are a startling recap of those days of brutality and fear. Yet they also offer a reminder of the humanity of these visitors who have made our country their home. That they have families, livelihoods and dreams and in many cases have risked so much to make it to SA — and escape untenable sit...

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