University of Oslo China-Africa scholar Heidi Østbø Haugen shared a compelling image on Twitter yesterday of an increasingly common theme that we’ve been seeing recently in Chinese state-run media, depicting African expatriates in China who are volunteering in the effort to help stop the spread of Novel Coronavirus.
Many of the African volunteers are students who are forced to stay in China either because they lack the funds to individually repatriate themselves or their governments have chosen not to do so. In many cases, these students have responded to calls-for-volunteers on WeChat to help with local efforts in cities like Nanjing and Beijing among others.
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