Stranded Africans Lament Racial Discrimination At Ukraine Borders (Videos)


FG To Evacuate Nigerians In Ukraine Through PolandThousands of Africans including Nigerians fleeing Ukraine have reported witnessing racial discrimination at various borders of the country amid Russian invasion.

They accused officials of seizing their passports and being subjected to all forms of maltreatment, adding that they are not being allowed to cross the borders.

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 Recall that the Federal Government had directed Nigerians fleeing Ukraine to four Polish borders for their safety.

Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, in a viral video on Saturday, said out of the eight borders between Poland and Ukraine, four had been recommended for Nigerians to use.

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Ukraine is home to thousands of African students who study medicine, engineering, and other technical fields.

Morocco, Nigeria and Egypt are in the top 10 countries with students in Ukraine.

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However, since rescue mission began, African students have taken to social media platforms especially Twitter to detail their painful experiences, ranging from trekking long distances and surviving the cold, to experiencing racism in the face of danger.

The alleged ill-treatment is amid suggestion of Hungary, Budapest and Slovakia borders as alternatives for Africans fleeing Ukraine.

Reacting, Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama stated that he had spoken with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba.

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He noted that Kuleba denied the alleged maltreatment and the “problem is the result of chaos on the border and check points leading to them.”

Onyeama said;

I spoke on the phone with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba. Expressed sympathy for the needless loss of life and destruction and reiterated Nigeria’s recognition of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

I also expressed concern at the news of Ukrainian border guards hindering the exit of Nigerian citizens. He asserted that Ukrainian border guards have been instructed to allow all foreigners to leave. He promised to investigate and revert quickly.

He added;

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine reverted to state: “It’s official: no restrictions for foreign nationals to leave the country exist. Problem is the result of chaos on the border and check points leading to them.

I am personally coordinating with our missions in Ukraine, Poland, Russia, Romania and Hungary to ensure we get our citizens out of Ukraine and bring back to Nigeria those ready to return, while supporting those who are remaining in Ukraine.

Check out some videos and reports of the racial discrimination cases below;


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