The Foreign Affairs Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey has spoken against the reported ill-treatments meted out to Ghanaians and other African nationals in China over the coronavirus pandemic.
The Minister says that the happenings in China are regrettable, and therefore, “highly condemns this act of ill-treatment and racial discrimination.”
In a statement, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey said that she has already registered her displeasure about the disturbing events to China’s ambassador to Ghana and has asked him to “call for his Government to immediately address the situation and bring their Officials to order”
According to reports from China, Ghanaians and other African nationals in some parts of China have become subject to xenophobic attacks.
The attacks are being fueled by rumours that the African nationals were infected with the deadly coronavirus, and would soon cause an resurgence of cases in the country.
In the Chinese capital, Beijing, Ghanaians were reportedly evicted from their apartment.
Some Ghanaians in China who have spoken on the situation are of the believe that the actions of the Chinese are in retaliation of the discrimination they faced during the peak of their battle against the virus.
Meanwhile, Minority’s spokesperson on foreign affairs, Okudzeto Ablakwa, wants African governments to quickly engage with Chinese authorities to resolve the matter before it escalates.
In a social media post, he said:
“Troubling reports of stigmatization and xenophobic tendencies against Africans including Ghanaians living in China. I hope African Governments and Chinese authorities act quickly to prevent escalation. COVID-19 should rather make us band together not be suspicious of each other,” he wrote on Facebook.
According to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the global case count for the coronavirus has surpassed 1.7 million with over 103,874 deaths.
Story by: Jeffrey Nyabor | universnewsroom.com