Fleeing Africans In Ukraine Faces Discrimination at Polish Border
As the Russian invasion of Ukraine enters its fifth day, Africans fleeing the conflict have said they have been subjected to prejudice and discrimination at the Ukrainian-Polish border, according to the Nigerian news agency NAN.
Officials at the border allegedly barred some fleeing Africans from entering Poland for many days, although white migrants were allowed to enter the nation, according to reports.
As footage of the alleged prejudice went viral on social media, this incident provoked fury among many who use the platform.
Ukraine is a popular study abroad destination for thousands of young African students, especially Nigerians, due to the excellent quality of education and cheap cost of living in the country.
According to the Nigerian News Agency, Geoffrey Onyeama, the country’s foreign minister, has called on his Ukrainian colleague to explain the issue, expressing worry over the news, particularly since it harmed Nigerian people, and promising to examine the situation.
According to the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, Ukrainian border guards have been told to let all foreigners to leave the country.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the South African Foreign Minister, Clayson Monyela, also tweeted on Sunday that South African students and other Africans attempting to flee Ukraine were not treated fairly at the border between Ukraine and Poland. However, the Ghanaian Foreign Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, in a statement released on Monday said that students from Ghana had not experienced any difficulties leaving the country.
Officials in Poland have categorically disputed the allegations.