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The first group of Mozambicans returning from South Africa because of xenophobic violence there arrived at the transit centre in Moamba district in southern Mozambique on Thursday.
The 128-strong group includes 22 children and 106 adults from different locations in South Africa, including Johannesburg, who had boarded three buses and a freight truck earlier in the morning, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs source on site told Lusa.
The Moamba transit centre has capacity for about 200 people, and has been set up just a few metres from a railway line to make it easier for people taking temporary shelter there to travel on to their final destinations.
The Mozambican authorities had expected more than 300 people, but a number of these decided not to return home.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, the violence against foreigners in South Africa that erupted on September 1 has affected about 500 Mozambicans.
The latest official figures from the South African authorities indicate that 12 people have died in the violence, including one foreign national whose nationality was not disclosed.
Watch the report by TV Miramar in Moamba transit centre, on Wednesday:
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