Fijians in China live in fear, desperate to return home

A Taxi driver assists tourists Erika Kohibi and Rasul Baghirob on arrival at Nadi International Airport yesterday. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

FIJIAN students studying in China are living in fear.

They are worried they may contract the novel coronavirus which has so far claimed 106 lives and infected 4500 people.

This was shared by a student living in Jiangsu Province, China, who spoke to this newspaper on the condition of anonymity yesterday.

She said students wanted to leave China but because of travel restrictions they were not able to do so.

“Students want to return to Fiji or a place that has not been infected with the virus,” the student said.

“It becomes more difficult with the restrictions on travel, the cancellation of flights and the different travel bans which countries have already imposed.”

The student said they relied on each other for moral support amid the deadly outbreak.

“We are supposed to be on winter holiday yet we are confined to the four walls of our dorm rooms in fear instead of enjoying a break from school.”

The students, however, acknowledged the Fiji embassy in Beijing for making sure they were safe and well.

“The Fiji embassy has been very efficient in making sure that all students are being well taken care of by checking in on students and providing daily reports to the Fijian community in China.

“Universities in China have also done the same by sending out daily notices to its students.”

The student asked for Fijians to continue to pray for them in the hope of their safe return to loved ones.

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