These are raw, honest personal stories — some heart-breaking, some up-lifting, all creatively collected and beautifully told. Taken together, these narratives illustrate how everyone is on a journey. Foreign or South African, we all seek places where we will be safe and respected for who we are. It also shows that wherever you are from those journeys are tough. Unapologetically locally-sourced, these stories grapple with the making of a nation, of urban poverty, of gender and generations, of racism. These are not only South African concerns, but issues of undeniable global relevance.”
—Sisonke Msimang, Always Another Country
Like all excellent ideas, the one that animates this book is both disarmingly simple and powerfully original. So much has been written on xenophobia in South Africa, and yet so few have listened with care and precision to the voices of the ordinary people at the coalface. This book unsettles so many old assumptions, like who is host and who visitor, who belongs and what indeed it might mean to belong at all. It does this simply by creating a space in which people bare witness to their lives.