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Lonely against Outbreak Racism, Mr Rudd calls for help to foreign students

2019-nCoV Special
Source: xkb.com.au
[Education News]     21 Apr 2020
Hundreds of thousands of students trapped in australia during the new crown pneumonia outbreak feel abandoned because of lack of safety net protection, lonely response to the epidemic crisis, but also face racial discrimination and hatred.
Lonely against Outbreak Racism, Mr Rudd calls for help to foreign students

Foreign students felt they faced the virus and racism alone during threat epidemic


Hundreds of thousands of students trapped in australia during the new crown pneumonia outbreak feel abandoned because of lack of safety net protection, lonely response to the epidemic crisis, but also face racial discrimination and hatred.

On Facebook (fb), former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd (Kevin Rudd) posted a report on the Guardian (The Guardian) website calling for care and help for overseas students who threat away from home to study in Australia and face the epidemic and racism alone.

"I`m very concerned about racism against Asian Australians ," Rudd said. When we meet each other, let us overwhelm hatred with complete kindness. I`m also worried about international students. Their parents entrusted them to us. Please also reach out to help them. "

He posted the post on facebook and forwarded it to the guardian.

A Filipino female student told The Guardian journalist : " I worked hard and tried my best, but I was still defeated by this unknown enemy. I found myself crying at night, wondering what I would do if it didn`t end soon. "

Alexis (Alexis, not his real name) arrived in Melbourne from the Philippines in 2019. As one of the more than 700,000 students admitted to Australian colleges and universities last year, coming to the country far from home for education is not only an adventure to explore new land, but also a stepping stone to a brighter future.

But the chaos and capriciousness brought about by the COVID-19 virus pandemic broke the original dream, and she was unable to get a normal education and find a proper job to support her life, and the result was hopelessly trapped in a strange country.

"I lost my job, schools didn`t want to help us, they did n` t want to cut or freeze our tuition, and other bills came to an end ," she told the Guardian. "

"We don`t even get government moral support because they` re thinking ,`We ca n` t support you`. We understand that their priority is Australia citizen, but we feel we` re fighting the epidemic alone. "

Her financial instability prevented her from falling asleep, but alexis said that her faith in the country had been shaken by the many and blatant racist incidents associated with COVID-19, which had once welcomed her.

"I feel that some Australians treat international Asian students like me inhumanely.

"As I was on the train and wearing a mask, a man shouted at me and told me I was an idiot and a fool, because I was Asian, so I took the virus to this country. He said he wanted to hit me. I feel very desperate, I just lower my head and train ." down

Australia`s most popular media on saturday reported that two melbourne university students, chinese school girl, had been attacked in urban areas wednesday afternoon and had been yelled "get back to china" by attackers, a shocking process recorded and posted online. The president of the university of melbourne and the mayor of melbourne have issued statements condemning the atrocity .`s chinese consulate-general in melbourne later verifying that the two asian school girl attacked were not chinese.

Hundreds of thousands of international students are trapped in Australia, facing the huge unemployment caused by the epidemic crisis, they lack safety nets in foreign countries, is one of the most vulnerable groups under the threat of pandemic virus.

They find themselves now stranded abroad without Australian citizen enjoying social resources and safety nets or law protection. And they have no family to back up, no friends relationship networks or friendships that they have built in their own country.

And in many cases, they`re completely alone in the fight against the epidemic and the threat. of racism

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