The People's Republic of China,
Videos and articles have been circulating online from China about the mistreatment of African people living, working and studying in China. You have kicked people out of their homes and won't let them get hotels out of fear of the coronavirus.
During this pandemic, we are supposed to be human beings and fight the good fight to end this situation in a humane way. You have taken this opportunity to throw people under the bus. What does it say about your nation and your attitude towards African nationals?
Your nation loves to exploit Africa of its resources. You are sucking our indigenous lands to enrich your societies through contracts with our governments. You don't mind using our soils while undermining our humanity. But that's hard to do for a people you deem lower than you.
Chinese society has unhealthy attitudes toward Blackness and Africaness. We are suitable to be consumed for entertainment in your community but not good enough to be seen as equals. This one-way relationship needs to end. You cannot have access to the continent and debase our existence as a people at the same time.
The two French doctors were on live TV saying we are suitable for testing their western vaccines, and now, during this pandemic, you've shown your ugly colours. We are not united in this fight. Tomorrow you can't pretend that you didn't mistreat Africans in the darkest hour of history.
We have woken up! This parasitic relationship ends today—Africans need to redirect their energy in building and protecting their continent from European, Arab and Chinese exploitation. These are not colonial times. The sleeping giant is waking up!
Nyabuoy Gatbel is a South Sudanese Canadian currently living in Calgary, AB. She was born in Ethiopia in 1993 and moved to Canada as a refugee in 2002. She's currently a undergraduate student at the University of Calgary. Besides her studies she's a social entreprenuer focusing on the, ''Paarman Centre project,'' a fashion model, writer and author of the book, ''The Fire Within poetry in Thok Nath and English.''