Trapped in Thai airport: social media ‘rescues’ three Nigerians

By Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban | Africa News

It started with a post on Twitter by a journalist, Richard Barrow. He tweeted some Nigerians had been trapped at a Thai airport. Unable to enter the country or to return home. He posted the episode on May 17.

It read in part: “Apparently there are some Nigerians who have been trapped at Suvarnabhumi airport for the last two months just like in the movie The Terminal. They cannot enter Thailand and they cannot go home.

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Group of South Africans stranded in Peru with no chance of repatriation in sight

By  Kerushun Pillay | News24

A young South African woman is living her worst nightmare while being stuck in a foreign country without money, a permanent place to live, and no hope of repatriation.  Lauren Kroutz, 20, is one of a group of five South Africans who are stranded in Lima, Peru, after they were transported by the local embassy from other parts of the country to the city where they were told they would charter a flight back home. 

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Kenyan DJs in diaspora keep the party going amid Covid 19 curfews

By DIANA MWANGO | Business Daily

At 10pm on a Friday, DeejayAisher, a stage name for Philly Ojallah, hangs headphones around her neck, her fingers tuning buttons and knobs on her turntable. She dances a bit and introduces herself to her audience just as she does in nightclubs. Only that she is streaming the disco music live from her living room in Berlin, Germany to thousands of people watching from around the world.

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Fresh hope for stranded South Africans in Myanmar

By Yolisa Tswanya | IOL

South Africans stranded in Myanmar have banded together as there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel for them to return home. The Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco) has been working to bring home many South Africans stuck in foreign countries, but due to borders being closed some in Myanmar are yet to be assisted.

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COVID-19: African Immigrants and Matters Arising

By Francis Onabis

I woke up this morning, with shocking news. In Verona Italy 100 out of 140 immigrants tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus. The story is the same in Milan and other cities around Italy. This occurrence begs for the question, is it possible God made African so bad that we just can’t figure out what is right or wrong. Obey simple orders; most importantly we don’t want to help ourselves.

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Saudi Arabia’s African roots traced to annual Hajj pilgrimage and British colonization

By RUBA OBAID | Arab News

An estimated 10 percent of the Saudi population is of African descent, living mainly in the Western Region, and particularly in Makkah. Their roots lie in the annual Hajj pilgrimage and the British colonization of Africa in the 19th century.
For hundreds of years, pilgrims and oppressed Muslims from that continent traveled to Makkah and Madinah, and chose to make those cities their home. They came mainly from Chad, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Mali, Senegal and especially Nigeria.

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South African woman on living in Korea during the pandemic: ‘I went from being paranoid to taking each day as it comes’

By Karabo Mavuso | NEWS24

Last month over 100 South Africans were brought home from the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China. While each member of that group tested negative for the virus they were still taken to Limpopo to be quarantined.

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