in China, the alarm cry of African students trapped in Wuhan

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Protective mask on the face, hood on the head, Adjaratou Traoré, a young Malian student in Wuhan, films himself in "selfie". In Bambara, she calls on President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta for help. Her video, posted on Facebook on February 6, has since been viewed more than 59,000 times.

In China, African students train second student population after Asians. But since the declaration of the Covid-19 virus on January 11 and the city's quarantine on January 23, some of them feel left out. Like Adjaratou Traore, there are still hundreds still trapped in Wuhan and the surrounding Hubei province. With publications on the networks as well as letters to their governments and embassies, they are calling for help and asking to be repatriated.

For the time being, on the African continent, only the Algeria, the Morocco, the Tunisia, Egypt and the Mauritania were able to bring back their nationals. Taking advantage of a plane chartered by Algeria, Libyan students were also evacuated.

"We all wonder when it will end"Contacted by our editorial team, Adjaratou Traoré, 28, a doctoral student in hydraulic engineering in Wuhan, hopes that her images will make the Malian authorities react:
& nbsp; "data-reactid =" 18 ">While more than 1,000 people have died from the new coronavirus in China, few African countries have taken steps to repatriate their nationals. In Wuhan, the epicenter of the epidemic, Malian, Cameroonian, Senegalese, Ivorian and even Guinean students are expressing their concern and calling on their government to react.

Protective mask on the face, hood on the head, Adjaratou Traoré, a young Malian student in Wuhan, films himself in "selfie". In Bambara, she calls on President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta for help. Her video, posted on Facebook on February 6, has since been viewed more than 59,000 times.

In China, African students form the second student population after Asians. But since the declaration of the Covid-19 virus on January 11 and the city's quarantine on January 23, some of them feel left out. Like Adjaratou Traore, there are still hundreds still trapped in Wuhan and the surrounding Hubei province. With publications on the networks as well as letters to their governments and embassies, they are calling for help and asking to be repatriated.

For the time being, on the African continent, only Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Mauritania have been able to bring their nationals back. Taking advantage of an aircraft chartered by Algeria, Libyan students were also evacuated.

"We all wonder when it will end"Contacted by our editorial team, Adjaratou Traoré, 28, a doctoral student in hydraulic engineering in Wuhan, hopes that her images will make the Malian authorities react:

The city is in quarantine and we are stuck in our university cities. I made the video right next to the campus, I can't go much further anyway! It is made of bambara so that all Malians can understand and not forget what we are living here. It is hard to see other countries repatriating their students and, for our part, still waiting for concrete action from our country.

We are, to my knowledge, 43 Malian students currently in Wuhan. We have a discussion group on the Chinese WeChat app to support each other. I am busy writing my thesis, but some are no longer available and do not know what to do. Above all, we all wonder when it will end.

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"Out of reach for Senegal"

In a press release published in early February, the Malian government wanted to reassure: the 43 students "are doing well" and "respect the instructions of the Chinese health and academic authorities". No word therefore on a possible repatriation.

The neighboring Senegalese state sent him financial assistance of 600,000 CFA francs (910 euros) per student stranded in Wuhan. An insufficient measure for the Association of Senegalese Students in China which expressed its concern on social networks, recalling that the epidemic was becoming "more and more alarming".

The parents of these students even collectively to request their return. President Macky Sall replied in the negative, deeming the repatriation of these students "out of reach" for his country, due to the lack of logistical means to transport and receive them safely.

& Gt; & gt; Read on France 24: Coronavirus: interrogations of a Senegalese student confined to Wuhan

"For Guinean students, this is psychosis"Guinean students from Wuhan also received financial assistance totaling $ 15,000 from their embassy. For Seydou Kéita, student in international relations since 2017 in Wuhan and president of the Guinean students in the city, this support was welcome but the situation remains tense:
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"Out of reach for Senegal"

In a statement released in early February, the Malian government wanted to reassure: the 43 students "are doing well" and "respect the instructions of the Chinese health and academic authorities". No word therefore on a possible repatriation.

The neighboring Senegalese state sent him financial aid of 600,000 CFA francs (910 euros) per student trapped in Wuhan. An insufficient measure for the Association of Senegalese Students in China which expressed its concern on social networks, recalling that the epidemic was becoming "more and more alarming".

The parents of these students have even gathered in a group to request their return. President Macky Sall replied in the negative, deeming the repatriation of these students "out of reach" for his country, due to the lack of logistical means to transport and welcome them safely.

>> Read on France 24: Coronavirus: the interrogations of a Senegalese student confined to Wuhan

"For Guinean students, this is psychosis"Guinean students in Wuhan also received financial aid totaling $ 15,000 from their embassy. For Seydou Kéita, student in international relations since 2017 in Wuhan and president of the Guinean students in the city, this support was welcome but the situation remains tense:

For Guinean students, this is psychosis. We are 23 here – including one who usually studies in Malaysia but who was passing through Wuhan. Almost everyone wants to go back. Only certain doctoral students in the process of writing their thesis would prefer to stay. It should be remembered that the situation does not only concern Wuhan: the epidemic is spreading and there are nearly 300 Guinean students in China. They should also be assisted.

Stuck in his university city, Seydou Kéita spends his days working. Photo sent to Observers by Seydou Kéita.

Regarding daily life here, we have noticed that the city authorities have taken things seriously. Students can no longer leave the campus: an authorization must be requested. This week, I was not allowed to go out shopping. As a result, meals are delivered directly to the campus. But the atmosphere is complicated: people avoid each other, everyone stays in their room, few people visit each other.

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"You have to be there to understand what you are going through"To testify to the deserted streets and shops taken by storm early in the morning in Wuhan, an Ivorian student filmed his "day 19" quarantine Tuesday, February 11.

According to Dominique Kadi, spokesperson for the Ivorian students in Wuhan, there are about 83 in the city. While the Ivory Coast has released 25 million CFA francs (40,000 euros) to help them, she explains that the hardest part is to stand up morally:

You have to be there to understand what you are going through: three weeks without leaving your home! When you go shopping, you walk a long time because there is no transport. I live with two other students – an Ivorian and a Beninese – and my three little sisters. We play cards, we talk, we try to lighten the mood. But other students are getting depressed.

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So far, only one African student, a Cameroonian, has been infected with the virus. This announcement had made mount anxiety within families in Cameroon. & nbsp;
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So far, only one African student, a Cameroonian, has been infected with the virus. The announcement had raised anxiety among families in Cameroon.

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On February 11, the Chinese Embassy in Cameroon finally announced that he had been "completely healed". But for Pisso Scott Nseke, a former student from Wuhan who has now started his own business there, the 300 Cameroonian nationals in the province, however, need financial assistance:
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On February 11, the Chinese Embassy in Cameroon finally announced that he had been "completely healed". But for Pisso Scott Nseke, a former student from Wuhan who has now started his own business there, the 300 Cameroonian nationals in the province, however, need financial assistance:

Regarding a return, opinions are divided. Some, especially among the workers, do not wish to be repatriated. On the other hand, food prices are increasing and it becomes difficult to buy protective masks and disinfectants.

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Thanks to a WeChat group managed by Pisso Scott Nseke, the Cameroonian community helps each other and contributes to help those in need – especially students who are not working. But many are still waiting for a reaction from the government.

Other countries on the continent, like Uganda, Zambia, Rwanda, Sudan and Zimbabwe expressed confidence in the Chinese government's ability to keep their citizens safe during the epidemic – a way of indicating that no repatriation was planned.

According to an official report published on Tuesday, February 11, the epidemic has left 1,016 dead in mainland China. More than 42,000 people have been infected. WHO, which dispatched an expert mission to China, says the growing number of cases of transmission outside this country could augur a wider spread of the epidemic around the world. & Nbsp;

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Thanks to a WeChat group managed by Pisso Scott Nseke, the Cameroonian community helps each other and contributes to help those in need – especially students who are not working. But many are still waiting for a reaction from the government.

Other mainland countries, such as Uganda, Zambia, Rwanda, Sudan and Zimbabwe have expressed confidence in the ability of the Chinese government to keep their citizens safe during this epidemic – a way of saying that no repatriation was planned.

According to an official report published on Tuesday, February 11, the epidemic has left 1,016 dead in mainland China. More than 42,000 people have been infected. For the WHO, which dispatched an expert mission to China, the growing number of cases of transmission outside this country could augur for a greater spread of the epidemic throughout the world.

Article written by Maëva Chicken.