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Zimbabwean migrants take refuge from the cold
Zimbabweans who flock to South Africa continue to face trying conditions, but many choose to stay.
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The Central Methodist Church in Johannesburg is a rare sanctuary for migrants who arrive in South Africa.

As Zimbabwe went to the polls on Wednesday, tensions remained high in South Africa - home to hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans who have fled since the country's 2008 election. 

The church is a haven for many of these Zimbabweans, and many expressed their concern in a service late on Tuesday night. 

During a heartfelt service, some spoke out and began to debate Zimbabwe's political parties and leaders. 

Most people at the service said they just wanted peace, and to see their country rebuilt - no matter which party was in power. 

The following images take a look inside the church's crowded hallways and basement - areas that many of the undocumented migrants have come to call home. 

While many shied away from having their picture taken, they later agreed - although none would give their name, for fear of retribution. 


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The Central Methodist Church is a haven for displaced Zimbabweans living in central Johannesburg.People make their beds in the entrance of the church [Eugene Arries/Al Jazeera]


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Other people trade in the same space while others make use of the little space and even sleep in the stairwells [Eugene Arries/Al Jazeera]


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The men take the lower floors and the stairways of the building, whilst the woman are on the the higher floors [Eugene Arries/Al Jazeera]


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Leading down to the basement of the church on the the stairwell, every available space is used [Eugene Arries/Al Jazeera]


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Bishop Paul Verryn leads a congregation on the eve ahead of the election and conversations soon lead to disgruntlement about the elections [Eugene Arries/Al Jazeera]


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A member of the congregation expresses his hopes for a free and fair election in Zimbabwe [Eugene Arries/Al Jazeera]


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In the basement, mothers with their children occupy the space [Eugene Arries/Al Jazeera]


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In the basement where woman and children sleep, one of the little children starts to cry. His mother says that he is not used to strangers[Eugene Arries/Al Jazeera]


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In a large room in the basement children play just before bedtime [Eugene Arries/Al Jazeera]


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Woman occupy the higher floors of the church to sleep at night. Many turn in early ahead of their next working day [Eugene Arries/Al Jazeera]


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People wrap themselves in the thin blankets to escape the chilling winter cold [Eugene Arries/Al Jazeera]



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Other people trade in the same space while others make use of the little space and even sleep in the stairwells [Eugene Arries/Al Jazeera]

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The men take the lower floors and the stairways of the building, whilst the woman are on the the higher floors [Eugene Arries/Al Jazeera]

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The men take the lower floors and the stairways of the building, whilst the woman are on the the higher floors [Eugene Arries/Al Jazeera]

Between haven and hellhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Between_haven_and_hell/slideshow/between-haven-and-hell/165b5708f4194e39bbaae61b8520f3ee

Leading down to the basement of the church on the the stairwell, every available space is used [Eugene Arries/Al Jazeera]

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Leading down to the basement of the church on the the stairwell, every available space is used [Eugene Arries/Al Jazeera]

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Bishop Paul Verryn leads a congregation on the eve ahead of the election and conversations soon lead to disgruntlement about the elections [Eugene Arries/Al Jazeera]

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Bishop Paul Verryn leads a congregation on the eve ahead of the election and conversations soon lead to disgruntlement about the elections [Eugene Arries/Al Jazeera]

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A member of the congregation expresses his hopes for a free and fair election in Zimbabwe [Eugene Arries/Al Jazeera]

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A member of the congregation expresses his hopes for a free and fair election in Zimbabwe [Eugene Arries/Al Jazeera]

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In the basement where woman and children sleep, one of the little children starts to cry. His mother says that he is not used to strangers[Eugene Arries/Al Jazeera]

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In the basement where woman and children sleep, one of the little children starts to cry. His mother says that he is not used to strangers[Eugene Arries/Al Jazeera]

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In a large room in the basement children play just before bedtime [Eugene Arries/Al Jazeera]

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In a large room in the basement children play just before bedtime [Eugene Arries/Al Jazeera]

Between haven and hellhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Between_haven_and_hell/slideshow/between-haven-and-hell/4a9d397063a000a68c9709db6bf57294

Woman occupy the higher floors of the church to sleep at night. Many turn in early ahead of their next working day [Eugene Arries/Al Jazeera]

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Between_haven_and_hell/slideshow/between-haven-and-hell/4a9d397063a000a68c9709db6bf57294Between haven and hell

Woman occupy the higher floors of the church to sleep at night. Many turn in early ahead of their next working day [Eugene Arries/Al Jazeera]

Between haven and hellhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Between_haven_and_hell/slideshow/between-haven-and-hell/01940d4b34905cc640b586b3531d2caa

People wrap themselves in the thin blankets to escape the chilling winter cold [Eugene Arries/Al Jazeera]

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People wrap themselves in the thin blankets to escape the chilling winter cold [Eugene Arries/Al Jazeera]



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