For the past couple of days, reports and videos of abuse in China have been circulating on the internet. Africans living in China have been accusing the Chinese authorities of racial abuse.

According to Al Jazeera, 114 new Covid-19 cases have been recorded in Gangzhou City, with 16 Africans testing positive since Thursday, 9th April 2020. This resulted in treatment by police in dealing with the matter.

Several Africans have been forcibly removed from their homes, and also having to undergo tests without having their results given back to them.

An anonymous source, who is a student in China, revealed to eNCA that cameras have been allegedly installed outside people's apartments to monitor their movements, and that he has also been placed under quarantine, although testing negative for Covid-19. "There's been a specific focus on Africans."

He also added, "there is a camera facing my door to track my movements."

He also stressed that other Africans have it worse as they are banned from grocery stores and malls.

Ahmed Idris of Al Jazeera believes there is reason to fear that Africans residing in China may take the law into their own hands in retaliation, which would do more harm than good. This is a an indication of just how much things are getting out of hand. However, "two wrongs don't make a right" and should not be an excuse to do the same thing to Chinese nationals living in South Africa or any where in the world.

Nigeria, South Africa and the African Union as and several other states, including the US have also condemned the inhuman treatment of China towards its African residents.

Written by Tevin NKS

Edited by Tevin NKS

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