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South Africa: UN rights chief urges protection for foreigners after brutal killing

Publisher UN News Service
Publication Date 7 October 2008
Cite as UN News Service, South Africa: UN rights chief urges protection for foreigners after brutal killing, 7 October 2008, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/48ec79d91e.html [accessed 28 November 2014]
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The top United Nations human rights official today condemned the brutal killing of a Somali family in South Africa, and urged the authorities to take immediate action to protect foreigners from any further attacks.

Sahra Omar Farah, her two teenage sons - one of whom was deaf - and her 12-year-old daughter were stabbed and bludgeoned to death last Friday in a shop run by fellow Somalis in a village in the Eastern Cape, according to a news release issued by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

Ms. Farah's body was reported to have been stabbed over 100 times, and initial signs suggest that both she and her daughter may have been subjected to sexual assaults.

"I strongly condemn these murders of a defenceless family, apparently simply because they were foreigners

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