Rhodes International Office on the displaced community
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