Africans in India fear for life after Noida incident

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nigerians-attack_0After numerous Africans living in Greater Noida were attacked by a huge group of locals, the Africans living in the country have raised concern about their safety in India.  A huge mob of around 1000 people took to the streets of the city and attacked anyone who looked African.

“We were shopping in Ansal Plaza on Monday evening when suddenly a mob attacked us viciously. We tried to enter a showroom to save ourselves,” said Precious Amalcima.

The African residents in the city are living in fear. “You need to act fast as living in Noida is becoming a life-threatening issue for us,” Sadiq Bello, a student, tweeted to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

The attacks continued as a Kenyan woman was reportedly assaulted and thrashed in the morning of March 29 in Greater Noida.

 “Little did I know that the country I so much fell in love with living outside was a nightmare to live in. Where the people who you lived your daily life with will end up turning against you just in case there was a problem”, said Nana Kofi Yalley an African based in Bengaluru.

The police have arrested five people and launched a manhunt for the other people involved in the violence.  “Rumours were being spread that Africans are behind the youth’s death and racist comments were made on social media. It looks racially motivated,” said senior police officer, Sujata Singh.

According to the FIR, “There were more than 1,000 people on a witch-hunt for Africans.”

In a statement, Association Of African  Students In India said, “Failure to secure the lives of African students and to ensure maximum security in areas where African students live, we will write to the African Union to cut all bilateral trade with India”

The attacks took place on March 28 over the death of Manish Khatri, a Class 12 student who is said to have died of cardiac arrest due to suspected drug overdose.