Kenyan Gov’t raises concern over surge in racism in China

The Kenyan government has raised concern over the treatment of its nationals in China in the wake of a surge in racial discrimination against Africans in the country.

The racial discrimination follows a directive issued by the Chinese Government of China to undertake stringent testing of foreigners and Chinese nationals alike, to forestall imported and asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 in Guangzhou and other areas of China.

These measures by the Chinese government have unfortunately in some instances precipitated unfair responses against foreigners particularly of African origin, from some members of the local community in Guangzhou, especially landlords.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs through a statement it sent out is, however, assuring Kenyans in China of security and wants victims of racial abuse to get in touch with Kenyan Embassy in Beijing.

“The Ministry through its Embassy in Beijing is aware of this matter and has officially expressed concern about these developments and is working with the Chinese authorities to tackle the matter expeditiously,” the statement read in part.

The Ministry has stated that it expects an early and comprehensive resolution of the matter to the benefit of Kenyan nationals in China after receiving assurances from the Chinese Embassy in Nairobi.

Kenyans in China are being urged to get in touch with the Kenyan Embassy in Beijing either directly or through their Kenyan community leaders in case of any challenges that may arise and also do so in liaison with the Chinese authorities.


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