Cannibalism, prostitution and other racist myths that confront Africans studying in India
GREATER NOIDA, India — Evelyn Benjamin was at home with her 3-year-old son when the manager of her apartment complex and three police officers came to the door.
The middle-age physician who lived upstairs had found what she thought were two hunks of human flesh on the pavement outside and was convinced that Benjamin was responsible.
The meat appeared to be chicken. But the accusation and its racist overtones were nothing new for Africans living in India.
An estimated 25,000 — primarily from middle-class families in Nigeria and Sudan — are students at Indian colleges and universities. They are drawn by affordable tuition and the promise of educational institutions better than those back home, but they often leave feeling insulted and alienated.
Accusations of cannibalism have long surrounded the African community in India. They have grown since an Indian teenager briefly went missing last month in this fast-growing city outside New Delhi — and his mother accused five Nigerian men of eating him.