- Xenophobia cannot explain the conflict between native poor black South Africans and foreign African entrepreneurs, says Abdi
- Killings of foreigners cannot be separated from the brutal violence poor South Africans experience, she adds.
Cawo Abdi is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota. Her book, "Elusive Jannah: The Somali Diaspora and a Borderless Muslim Identity," which focuses on Somali migrants in the United Arab Emirates, South Africa and the United States is forthcoming with the University of Minnesota Press, 2015. The views expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)As we approach April 27 when South Africa marks the anniversary of the first post-apartheid elections held that day in 1994, we are faced with yet another wave of deadly attacks against African migrants. Outrage triggered by this violence is being heard loudly throughout social media with "#WeAreAfrica" showcasing the need for a common front against this affront.