In a 14 April statement, the All Africa Conference of Churches condemned racist xenophobic discrimination against Africans in China.
“We have heard and seen images of African residents in Ghangzhou, evicted from the residences and hotels they were renting, and harassed by police on the streets, in the pretext of controlling the spread of COVID-19,” the statement reads. “We find it ironic and incomprehensible, the logic behind the vilification and discrimination as well as despicable inhumane stigmatization and treatment of Africans due to this pandemic, while this disease was first diagnosed in China.”
Long-term mutual respect between China and Africa should not be sacrificed for political and economic challenges of the moment, the statement notes. "We are aware that there are presumably more Chinese people as foreigners residing in almost every African country than from all other nations," the message reads. "Even when COVID-19 was mainly in China, African governments protected Chinese residents in Africa from the anger and vilification targeting Chinese people on the streets of Africa.”