Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) have just released an extraordinary resource: a beautifully designed and user friendly, up-to-date survival guide for South Africa's refugee community.
The first part provides important information on how to apply for asylum and seek legal assistance, where to find material assistance, how to access social assistance such as health,
education, employment, trauma- and psychological support both from government and non-governmental sources. It also provides a lot of useful and general information about South Africa.
The second part consists of a detailed directory of the relevant government departments, international organisations, nongovernmental organisations (NGOs), and community-based and religious organisations offering assistance to the refugee community in South Africa.
You can browse, read or download the 57 page guide here. Please note that all of this information is up-to-date for 2009/2010, but that the South African government's practices and policies may change. Keep your eye on the Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) website www.lhr.org.za, for updated information.