Rhodes In­ter­na­tional Of­fice on the dis­placed com­mu­nity

Grocott's Mail - - #BRING BACK OUR FRIENDS -

The In­ter­na­tional Of­fice is work­ing di­rectly with the mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who were dis­placed by the events that took place in Gra­ham­stown last week. We have been re­ceiv­ing and de­liv­er­ing do­na­tions, from Rhodes Univer­sity stu­dents and staff, to the af­fected peo­ple. Thank you to all who have con­trib­uted to date. Amidst the com­plex lo­cal pol­i­tics at play in this sit­u­a­tion, the In­ter­na­tional Of­fice is be­ing guided solely by the wishes of the peo­ple di­rectly af­fected by the events that un­folded.

Many of us play mul­ti­ple roles in Gra­ham­stown as par­ents, church mem­bers, po­lit­i­cally af­fil­i­ated, so­cial move­ment mem­bers, stu­dents, em­ploy­ees. Some of us are here on visas, some are per­ma­nent res­i­dents, some are cit­i­zens. We ap­peal to ev­ery­one, in their var­ied roles, to re­main sen­si­tive to and sup­port­ive of all those di­rectly af­fected by last week’s events, which have shocked and dis­turbed and left an im­pact. In­ter­na­tional Stu­dents and part­ners With re­gards to in­ter­na­tional stu­dents, an of­fer was made to any Op­p­i­dan af­fected by the events in Gra­ham­stown East, at the end of last week, to move onto cam­pus. Twenty-two in­ter­na­tional stu­dents took up this op­por­tu­nity. As of Wed­nes­day 28 Oc­to­ber, all but three had re­turned to their usual places of abode. All our in­ter­na­tional part­ners have been kept abreast of the sit­u­a­tion and how it is be­ing han­dled. • Orla Quin­lan who wrote this is the di­rec­tor of the Rhodes

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