SOWETO, South Africa—Sello Kgoale watched his neighbors shuttling back and forth with looted liquor, refrigerators and flat-screen televisions. There were no police at a nearby mall, they told him, so the 46-year-old father of three joined the thousands-strong mob ransacking the shopping center and filled three bags with rice, cooking oil and paraffin for his family’s cooking stove.
“I’ve never done anything like this before. I’m ashamed,” he said last week, sitting in his corrugated-iron shack. “But we just keep getting hit.”
The violence and hopelessness seen in this article from today’s Wall Street Journal are being repeated throughout Africa.
It is not enough that our Pilgrim Africa field team is placing their lives on the line as they visit the sick, they have no human protection from mobs and roving bands of criminals; and even from hopeless neighbors.