China-based Cameroon international Christian Bassogog has donated 10 million FCFA ($17,000) towards supporting compatriots marooned in China after the outbreak of Coronavirus.
The highly infectious virus that originated in the Chinese province of Wuhan has spread to all continents and infected at least 89,000 people with almost 3,100 deaths confirmed.
To contain the virus, millions of Chinese are hunkering down, flights have been cancelled and countries are imposing restrictions on anyone coming from mainland China.
The travel ban has meant that Cameroonians, as well as other Africans, have remained stranded in China and they have been appealing for aid to help through their stay.
Bassogog who plies his trade at Chinese side Henan Jianye joined the country's president Paul Biya in raising funds for the compatriots in China. Biya donated 50 million FCFA ($85,000) to this cause.
“China holds a special place in my heart and this is where I work. This money is intended to help Cameroonian nationals living in China, especially students. It is important that come together and show support and love for those affected,” he said.
According to the Cameroonian Embassy in China, there are 300 citizens in the Far East nation majority of whom are students. 100 Cameroonians live in Hubei Province, the epicentre of the Coronavirusoutbreakwhile 200 others live in Wuhan.