African citizens studying and working in Ukraine, such as Nigerians, Ghanaians, Somalis, Moroccans, and others, have been trying to escape over the Ukraine border into neighboring countries. This is along with thousands of people trapped in the ongoing crisis between Russia and Ukraine.
Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigeria’s foreign minister, announced that the country will begin to fly its citizens back home to countries bordering Ukraine. About 5,600 Nigerians remain in Ukraine, most of them students, Onyeama said. There are measures in place to ensure that they move to safety in neighboring Romania, Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary.
Honorary consuls, diplomatic representatives, and Ghana students’ associations will receive Ghanaian students. They are expected back in Ghana within the next few days. There are currently more than 1,000 Ghanaian nationals residing in Ukraine.
Christopher Lutundula, the foreign minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo, said on Twitter that he will meet with the Polish ambassador about the passage of about 200 Congolese, mostly students, across the border. The majority of Africans claim they are the victims of discrimination at border crossings. This is especially after they are prevented from boarding trains and buses, which are filled with foreigners fleeing the conflict.