Anonymous has crossed the Zimbabwe-South Africa border many times. He is one of many Zimbabweans who, every day, face starvation, dangerous animals, the Limpopo river floods, thugs, cruel farmers, and the risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, all in an attempt to make a living for themselves and their families.
Special thanks to the International Organization for Migration for providing this story.
Key points to consider in viewing Anonymous’ story
For a variety of economic and political reasons, migration is increasing throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. Labour migrants are vulnerable to xenophobia, violence, and disease. Anonymous male’s story explores these issues and can be shared to promote discussion about how the movement of people across national borders can both benefit families and communities and present challenges, when it comes to the realities of HIV transmission. Be sure to bring up the topic of gender to explore the different experiences of men and women, in the context of labour migration.