KIGALI, Rwanda

Compared to other places, African countries have not reported a large number of coronavirus cases or deaths, but an economic crisis is looming large on the continent. 

Like the Rwanda-based designer Louis Zibonukuri, hundreds of businessmen dependent on the supplies from China are worried about their bleak prospects.

Five years ago, Zibonukuri had opened a showroom of Chinese clothes in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, a landlocked country in the Great Rift Valley in East Africa. His imported clothes had become a craze and spelled a style in the region.

“I had never felt so low. It is

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