Kenyans Stuck in China to be Evacuated on 1st May -Embassy Announces

Kenyans Stuck in China to be Evacuated on 1st May -Embassy Announces

Apr 24, 2020 | Fatimah Senait

Kenyans stuck in China, the epicenter of the corona virus can now breath a sigh of relief after the government announced a flight from the Asian country.

The Kenyan Embassy in China, in a circular released on Thursday, 23rd April revealed that Kenyans stuck in China can now travel back home aboard a Kenya Airways plane which is set to take off at the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport on May 1st.

The Embassy also revealed that Kenyans who wish to travel back home will have to part with $750 (Approximately Kes. 80,000) for a one-way Economy class return ticket.

Africans in China had complained of being racially profiled by the Chinese and accused of spreading the corona virus.

In videos and photos circulating on social media two weeks ago, Chinese nationals were seen harassing and fighting Africans with black skin.

Speaking to Daily Nation, a number of Kenyans stuck in China revealed that some of them were forced to sleep in the streets in the cold after Chinese landlords locked them out of their houses.

Kenyans were angered by comments made by Foreign Affairs PS Macharia Kamau who, when addressing calls to bring back the Kenyans in China held to his position that they would only repatriate them from their own pockets since Ndege sio Matatu-Planes are not Public Service Vehicles!

Kenyans, angered by the government’s will to do nothing to save its people, took to their social media platforms, calling for the resignation of the Ambassador to China Sarah Serem over negligence.

 A Nigerian national stuck in China, through her social media page revealed how Africans were on the verge of starving to death after major grocery outlets and malls discriminatingly denied Africans access citing orders from above.

“We are surviving at the mercy of God. We cannot access malls for shopping over fears that we will spread corona virus. We are now relying on good-hearted Chinese nationals who we send to pick up the stuff we need.”

She said.

Last week, a Mc Donalds Fast Food joint in China was forced to apologize after putting up a sign denying entry to black people.

Just a day ago, the government announced that Kenyans stranded in the United Kingdom, U.K would be brought back into the country at their own cost in a Kenya Airways flight scheduled for 25th April.

Upon return, these Kenyans will be put on a 14-day mandatory quarantine at a facility of their choice and at their own expense.

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