mandag 9. mars 2020

Letter from Africa: The spread of coronavirus prejudice in Kenya

A shakily filmed video has been circulating on social media here showing an Asian man and woman being bullied by a large crowd in a low-income area of the capital, Nairobi. The video begins with unidentified individuals in the crowd shouting: "You are coronavirus, you are coronavirus."

The man responds by trying to film the crowd but quickly realises that his female companion could be attacked so rushes to her aid. He stands up to the most aggressive member of the crowd and starts shouting back: "We don't have corona, we don't have corona." The video stops before we see how the incident ended but it was a true depiction of the side-effects of the coronavirus.