Students from Afghanistan in Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus, seek the Afghan government’s help, saying they are in a dire situation due to a strict quarantine over the past two weeks.
The novel coronavirus has so far killed over 1,000 people and has affected over 42,000 others.
Government figures show that there are 61 Afghan students in Wuhan.
“We hope that the Afghan officials hear our voice and address our problem,” said Habibullah Hekmat, an Afghan student in Wuhan. “We have been under strict quarantine over the past 18 days and we have shared our problem with the Ministry of Public Health and other relevant institutions… but no practical steps have been taken in this respect so far.”
The Ministry of Public Health is preparing to evacuate the students from Wuhan, Hubei, a spokesman for the ministry, Wahid Mayar, said on Tuesday.
“We are consistently in contact with sixty-one Afghan students who are under quarantine in Wuhan,” he said. “All of them are in good health condition and we have made the required preparations and coordination with relevant institutions to evacuate the students safely.”
Late last month, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said preparations had been made to evacuate the students but the spokesman of the ministry, Gran Hewad, said the authority has been given to the Ministry of Public Health to deal with the matter.
“Considering the epidemic, the Afghan government has shown less attention to this matter and this is concerning,” said Farid Mohamamdi, a university lecturer. “We hope that the Afghan government takes thorough steps for Afghans living in China.”