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Tue. Aug 4th, 2020

AU seeks audience of Chinese Envoy to AU over Coronavirus-linked-xenophobia towards Africans in China

Mr Liu Yuxi (Left) and AU Official (PHOTO/Courtesy)

By George Kalisa

The Chairperson of the African Union, Moussa Faki Mahamat has today said that his office has invited the Chinese Ambassador to the AU, Mr Liu Yuxi, to express “extreme concern” at allegations of maltreatment of Africans in Guangzhou.

The unprecedented mistreatment of the African community was sparked by Chinese government warning against imported coronavirus cases as it battles a second wave of COVID-19.

“My Office invited the Chinese Amb to the AU,Mr Liu Yuxi, to express our extreme concern at allegations of maltreatment of Africans in #Guangzhou+called for immediate remedial measures in line with our excellent relations.The African Grp in #Beijing is also engaging with the govt,” said Moussa Faki through a tweet today.

Africans living and working mostly in Guangzhou told reporters that they are subject to random and mandatory testing for COVID-19 and a 14-day quarantine in their homes. Yet, none of them has either had symptoms of the disease or contact of previously positive cases for the pandemic that started from China last December.

As if that is not enough, some Chinese landlords and Hotel have reportedly flushed them out, leaving many of the Africans homeless.

Meanwhile, the AU has not received any official communication from the Chinese authorities on the matter, yet.

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