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Cannibalism, prostitution and other racist myths that confront Africans studying in India

Cannibalism, prostitution and other racist myths that confront Africans studying in India

Evelyn Benjamin was at home with her 3-year-old son when the manager of her sprawling apartment complex and three police officers came to the door with a grisly complaint.

The middle-aged 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.

“She thinks that Africans are cannibals,” said Benjamin, a 30-year-old business school student from Nigeria.

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...

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