Kenyan student in Wuhan: We survive on one meal a day


Kenyan student in Wuhan: We survive on one meal a day

In Summary

  • Speaking to Citizen TV's Waihiga Mwaura, Okundi said Kenyans in other universities across the once vibrant city of Wuhan are not so lucky- and have been confined to their hostels for the last five weeks.
  • Okundi also blamed the Kenyan government for not reaching out to Kenyans living in Wuhan saying they only get their updates from social media.

Jeffrey Okundi, a Kenyan living in China’s city of Wuhan- the epicentre of the deadly Coronavirus-has painted the grim picture of how living in the ghost city is like.

While Okundi is free to even move to other buildings within the institute he is in, he has to wear a mask and carries a tincture of ethanol to disinfect surfaces.

His activities are however limited to the institute and has to rely on information on social media to keep tabs with the outbreak and the latest developments.

Speaking to Citizen TV’s Waihiga Mwaura, Okundi said Kenyans in other universities across the once vibrant city of Wuhan are not so lucky- and have been confined to their hostels for the last five weeks.

Meals are also very limited and a majority of people have to subsist on one meal a day. Sometimes, they divide the meal into two as they do not know when the supplies may run out.

“Meals are actually very limited so you find yourself having to survive on one meal a day,” He said.

Okundi also blamed the Kenyan government for not reaching out to Kenyans living in Wuhan saying they only get their updates from social media.

“The government is not reaching out to us who are in Wuhan. They are talking about us in the media, but they are not reaching out to us to tell us what is going on…” He added.

His statement comes a day after Kenya’s ambassador to China Sarah Serem sought divine intervention, asking God to watch over Kenyans in Wuhan.

Kenyan students have been calling on the government asking to be evacuated, but the government has insisted that Kenyans in Wuhan are better of in the Chinese city which is on a lockdown.

In what seems to be an admission that an evacuation is not coming the students’ way anytime soon, Serem directed her energies towards God.

Seemingly speaking to the creator, Serem said in a message, “Insulate every of my children in Wuhan and put a wall of fire around each one of them.”

She added that the coronavirus has changed her world, further talking about the anxiety and emotional appeal shown by the students locked in the epicentre of the deadly virus.

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