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Coronavirus: Kenya evacuates citizens at own cost

Coronavirus: Kenya to evacuate citizens at their own cost. (image courtesy of Instagram)

The Kenyan Embassy is asking its citizens in China to manage their own costs should they want to be evacuated out of china after the coronavirus infections among black people led to racism.

The Kenyan nationals are being asked to file their contact details as soon as possible.

Officials at the Kenyan Embassy in Beijing issued a notice on Friday asking anyone ready to buy a ticket out of China to send their information via an online platform to be helped out of the country, via Guangzhou, the commercial city in the southern Guangdong province.

One of the conditions issued said only Kenyans will be evacuated as long as they can pay their own ticket. In addition, those Kenyans will have to prove they are free of the novel coronavirus disease which means they will have to be certified by Chinese medical authorities.

Once flown in they will be forced into quarantine for the required 14 days upon landing in Nairobi. A lot of Kenyans have complaining about the state of the detention facilities and are choosing to stay in hotels if you can afford.

“If you are ready to travel under these conditions, fill the above QR code so that the bio data reaches the Embassy immediately,” said a notice sent out to the Kenyan community in China.

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“Please note that the departure will be from Guangzhou on a date to be determined immediately the above information is availed. Kenyans with questions were told to inquire from Mr Kimani Waweru, the deputy head of Mission in Beijing on +86600690463.

In the wake of the coronavirus, black people in China started being mistreated and this led to increased public pressure both at home and among the diaspora community for the government to rescue those stranded.

The actions being taken upon by Chinese have been classified as racist and inhumane. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs admitted some of its nationals were victims of controversial policy.

Amid fear of imported coronavirus cases and a second wave of the pandemic in China, the local government implemented surveillance and mandatory testing and an additional 14-day quarantine for all African nationals in the city, regardless of whether they tested positive for COVID-19.

These measures paid no regard to whether people had recently travelled out of China, or how they would be mistreated by landlords, hotel managers and shopkeepers.

As a result, many Africans in Guangzhou, including Nigerians, Ugandans and Ghanaians, have been subject to unfair treatment. Some have being evicted by landlords or rejected by hotels, and some even left homeless.

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