Nigeria is seeking compensation for its citizens caught up in RSA's xenophobia violence. In the words of Foreign Minister Ojo Maduekwe:
"It is reassuring that no Nigerian was killed in the wave of attacks ... (but) many of them lost their properties and their shops were looted....The mission has already compiled the list of Nigerians ... with the purpose of seeking compensation from the South African government"Would be interesting to know who else might follow suit. I have problems with the idea of compensation, because it strikes me that people go abroad in search of better prospects, and with that they accept the risk that they may not be welcomed. That aside, it appears the Nigerian government is charging the South African government with general neglect - the failure to protect the people under its care (usually applied to extreme cases such as failing to prevent a terrorist act which results in massive lost of life). That is the only logical explanation on why compensation is not being sought from the criminals but the South African government.
Update (1st June 2008) :
The same Nigerian Minister has been busy again suggesting that the xenophobia is due to South Africans' poor understanding of history (see Gershom's blog for similar assessment) :
“What has been happening on the streets of Durban and Johannesburg is the absence of history that has led to hysteria.....When you have embarked on great acts of solidarity like that, and you don’t teach your children what you did, and how you worked together, they will come out on the streets some day killing foreigners from the very countries that levied money to fight for their freedom....Xenophobia is a sign that the kinds of conversations that ought to be taking place have not been taking place.”