Fear and misinformation about Ebola took a turn for the worse this week in New York, when two brothers who recently immigrated from Senegal were beaten by several people calling them “Ebola.”
The African Advocacy Council reported that the boys are in sixth and seventh grade and were sent to the hospital as a result of the beating.
“They call me from the school tell me come, they’re beating your children,” said the boys’ father, Ousmane Drame. “I rush, go there my children was very hurt, headached, he was crying, laying on the floor, more than 10 children on top of him, beating him.”
“And all they want to do is be kids. They want to play like kids, they want to learn like kids. They go to school and they’ve been bullied over and over to the point in which it led to this situation in which they were brutally injured,” said Charles Cooper of the African Advisory Council.
According to the Council, the beating is just the latest in a series of incidents related to the bullying of Africans in the wake of Ebola news.