The Ugandan musician cum politician, Member of Parliament, Mr. Bobi Wine has announced his partnership with businessman Neil Nelson to airlift affected Africans and African-Americans “to a country in Africa that is willing to receive them.”
The statement also calls upon the government of China to urgently intervene and ensure that the targeted attack on Black people are brought to an end.
“The two leaders are currently working together to facilitate a humanitarian mission to airlift those Africans and African-Americans who are affected by these attacks to a country in Africa that is willing to receive them. We are also prepared to evacuate them to the United States for those holding U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status,” they said in a statement release on 13 April 2020.
“We call upon leaders from across the global African community including political leaders, social activists, artists and other leaders to join in this effort.”
There has been a public condemnation after videos showing African foreign nationals in the Southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, being evicted from their places of lodgings,hotels and restaurants and blamed for igniting a second wave of coronavirus in the country.
The African Union has also demanded explanation from the Chinese government about the racial attacks and victimisaation of Black people in China.
A group of SA students living in China say they fear for their lives after alleged xenophobic attacks directed at Africans.
A student in the city of Guangzhou, who spoke to Sowetan on condition of anonymity, said this week they were forced to sleep under bridges as some Chinese people accused Africans of being responsible for the spread of Covid-19.
“The situation is bad here, we don’t know what to expect as there is a belief that we are the ones who are spreading Covid-19. We can’t even communicate with our families because our Wechat accounts are being checked,” he said.
“Some students who spoke to journalists were arrested for spreading information that is not supposed to be for public scrutiny. Remember, this is a communist state; they don’t have freedom of speech here.”