China cracks down on Ugandans, Nigerians

Target. People go about their businesses in Guangzhou’s Xiaobei District, popularly-known as “Little Africa,” where many Africans congregate, especially at the Elephant Mall. The purge on Africans in China saw all “small” African shops closed. INTERNET PHOTO

What you need to know:

  • Crackdown. Some Ugandans in China have either been forced out of the country or compelled to live on the streets after they were kicked out of low-cost hotels and apartments in China.

Individuals holding Ugandan, Nigerian and passports of some other countries have in recent weeks become a target of authorities in China as the Asian economic giant cracks down on crime they say is orchestrated by foreigners.
As a result, some Ugandans we talked to for this article have either been forced out of China or compelled to live on the country’s streets after they were kicked out of or blocked from staying in low-cost hotels and apartments in China.
The months of June and July have been particularly hard not only for Ugandans, but also other Africans, according to interviews with victims and witnesses. Some Ugandans have resorted to social media platforms to urge the government to intervene in the matter.
Some of the Ugandans in China this newspaper spoke to say they were not only forced to sleep on the streets, but also struggle to get what to eat, given that restaurants that prepare African food have since been closed on the orders of Chinese authorities in respective provinces and cities. Those that prepare Chinese food, we were told, are allowed to operate but don’t entertain African patrons.

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