Russia has opened its doors to South Africa’s Afrikaners who wish to escape hate crimes in their country. A delegation of 30 farming families or Boers, have arrived in Russia’s farm belt Stavropol Region.
The idea is to open a migration channel whereby an estimated 15,000 Boers can move to Russia and contribute to the country’s agricultural sector.
One of the farmers recounted the experience:
“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. The climate here [in the Stavropol region] is temperate and this land is created by God for farming. All this is very attractive.”
According to Breitbart News Network, 1,187 farmers, 490 family members, 147 farm employees and 24 farm visitors are known to have been murdered between 1998 and the end of 2016 — although the true figure is estimated at between 3,000 and 4,000.
White South Africans believe that the hostility against them have a tacit support of the ruling African National Congress.
President Cyril Ramaphosa passed legislation enforcing white farmers to return lands owned since the 17th century to the black citizens – without compensation.
The government said it aims to put an end to what it calls the “legacy of apartheid.” White farmers despite being the minority, own 76% of the land in South Africa.
Boers fear that the government’s land expropriation policy is not on their side so each family intends to bring $100,000 with them so they could lease the land in Russia to start their farming endeavor.
Analysts have warned that South Africa may repeat the unsuccessful experiment launched by the Zimbabwean government in 1999-2000 which plunged the country into a terrible famine.
Without experienced and dependable farmers in their land, South Africa will suffer the same fate. On the other hand, Russia’s unused farmland will be in the hands of capable Boers who will help boost agricultural production.