15,000 Boers Seek Refuge in Russia
Up to 15,000 Boers, descendants of Dutch settlers in South Africa, are planning to move to Russia amid rising violence stemming from government plans to expropriate their land, according to the delegation.
“It’s a matter of life and death — there are attacks on us. It’s got to the point where the politicians are stirring up a wave of violence,” Adi Slebus told the media. “The climate here [Stavropol Region] is temperate, and this land is created by God for farming. All this is very attractive.”
The new South African government, led by President Cyril Ramaphosa, has pledged to seize the lands owned by White farmers since the 1600s and give them to Blacks. The government calls this “putting an end to the legacy of apartheid.”
Rights groups have said the initiative incites violence. There were 74 farm murders and 638 attacks, primarily against White farmers, in 2016-17 in South Africa, according to data by minority rights group AfriForum.
The farmers are prepared to make a contribution to Russia’s booming agricultural sector, according to Rossiya 1. Each family is ready to bring up to $100,000 for leasing the land.
Russia has 43 million hectares of unused farmland, and has recently begun giving out free land to Russian citizens to cultivate farming. The land giveaway program, which began in 2014, has been a huge success.
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