The reality of thousands of migrants arriving and existing on the margins in South Africa is grim. They lack access to proper health care, shelter and safety, while also facing violence, physical and verbal abuse, police harassment and xenophobic attacks. In Musina, on the border with Zimbabwe, where MSF runs medical programs, the number of attacks, robberies and rapes by gangs active on both sides of the border has been on the rise since the beginning of the year. In its clinic in Musina, MSF treated 103 survivors of sexual violence in the first four months of this year, 71 since March 1 alone. For those fleeing hardship back home, crossing the border, even with the proper documents, remains a dangerous struggle.

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