Two liberals found out the hard way what can happen when you open your hearts and home to refugees – their act of kindness turned into a nightmare that nearly cost them their lives.
Andrew and Rae Wartnaby have taken in more than 100 displaced foreign nationals. (Amanda Khoza, News24)
Back in July, News 24 did an article titled “Meet the angels who opened their hearts and home to 143 lost strangers” which was a liberal lovefest about the kindness and generosity of the couple as well as how well behaved and grateful the Muslims were.
Andrew and Rae Wartnaby opened up their 50-acre farm to over 100 Muslim refugees who were reportedly displaced during ‘xenophobic attacks.’
“We just have a heart for children. We want children to have families, be fed and looked after. At the beginning of the attacks I wanted to go to Durban and help, but God said to me that I should not get involved now. He said we must wait and he would need us in the end,” said Rae.
When asked how the family was coping she said: “It’s been a day. Everybody is organized. We told everyone that they are welcome in our home and they are guests here.”
Displaced foreign nationals gather around the fire to keep warm in their new home in Cato Ridge. (Amanda Khoza, News24)
That was then. Things took a frightening turn.
News 24 did a followup article titled, “Refugees turn on their host.”
Here’s an excerpt:
The good Samaritans who took onto their farm over 100 refugees displaced by this year’s xenophobic violence, now claim they have been threatened with murder by the same people they had set out to help.
Besides property being destroyed, the family who took in the immigrants have also been accused of not helping them to be relocated back home or to another country, driving a chasm between them.
Owners of Hope Farm in Cato Ridge, Andrew and Rae Wartnaby, were yesterday forced to evacuate their 10 children from their farm house in fear that they would be attacked or used as “bargaining tools”.
This, after a group of the foreign nationals they are housing on their farm attacked their home in the early hours of yesterday morning and threatened to kill Andrew.
Andrew said the refugees cut and broke down the fence. “Then in the early hours of the morning, at around 2 am, they came smashing on my windows and doors and saying that they will kill me because I work for the government and I am not helping them.”
Andrew said that as he looked through a window, he saw the tent at the group’s camp engulfed in flames. “I immediately asked if everyone is okay but they kept shouting that tonight was my night and they will kill me. I haven’t slept since then,” said Andrew.
“When we took everyone in, we said we would try and help, which we have. But they feel like it has been too long and we let them down. I have asked that group to leave my farm, but they refuse to and to be honest, I don’t know what is going to happen. All I know is that I don’t want to be murdered tonight,” said Andrew.
At this time, the refugees are still in control of the farm, and the Wartnaby’s good intentions have not only cost them their home, they are in hiding in fear for their lives.