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China's 'Little Africa' shrinks 70% as coronavirus leaves its mark

Many foreign residents who fled Guangzhou are being prevented from returning

Restaurants that cater to Guangzhou's African residents have closed but appear to be waiting for their customers to come back.

GUANGZHOU -- In a district called "Little Africa" here in the capital of Guangdong Province, north of Hong Kong, more than 10,000 Africans reside in what is China's largest African community. Or at least they used to.

These days the enclave appears mostly deserted. About 70% of its residents left months ago to escape what was then an epidemic that one country seemed to be battling on its own.

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