Grenadian students currently at Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the Coronavirus outbreak, has published a petition online, pleading with the Grenadian government to have them return home.
The petition, which seeks to get 1500 signatures, states the following;
This petition is in light of the novel corona virus (COVID-19) that has struck Wuhan, China . We the Grenadian students in Wuhan are extremely distressed since we are at the epicentre of the virus and have been on lock down since the 23rd of January, 2020. China is a very foreign country where many of us do not have familial and administrative support. This ain’t Brooklyn!
Moreover, this situation has been particularly daunting for students who live off-campus since we are forced to fend for ourselves with limited resources and major restrictions. We are forbidden to leave our residence, and access to medical care is also very limited unless it is deemed absolutely necessary, considering the risk of contracting the virus.
Since the inception of this crisis, the government of Grenada has made no substantial efforts in negotiating for our immediate evacuation. Our government without understanding the magnitude of the situation here in Wuhan has taken a relaxed approach and an overall attitude of resignation, when it comes to the evacuation of students. Several nations have had negotiations, partnered and finally evacuated their nationals. There are many Caribbean nationals in Wuhan, why can’t we come together like many nations did to evacuate our citizens?
We the student body of China call on the government of Grenada to make haste to negotiate the evacuation of all fourteen Grenadian nationals in Wuhan. We ask everyone along with other Grenadian nationals in China and at home to join forces in petitioning the Grenadian government for our immediate evacuation.
When we last checked there were a total of 1021 signatures.
A link to the petition can be found here.