Growing studies cite African residents being blocked from crossing the Ukrainian border.
Because the stream of individuals fleeing Ukraine from the Russian invasion reveals no signal of abating, the Nigerian authorities has expressed concern over studies of discriminatory behaviour by Ukrainian and Polish border guards in opposition to Africans.
“There have been unlucky studies of Ukrainian police and safety personnel refusing to permit Nigerians to board buses and trains heading in the direction of the Ukraine-Poland border,” learn a press release printed on Thursday by Nigeria’s presidency.
The presidency additionally cited a video that has been broadly shared on social media displaying a Nigerian lady along with her younger child being forcibly made to surrender her seat to a different individual.
“One group of Nigerian college students having been repeatedly refused entry into Poland have concluded they haven’t any selection however to journey once more throughout Ukraine and try and exit the nation through the border with Hungary,” learn the assertion.
“There’s been quite a lot of segregation and racism.”
As lots of of hundreds of individuals flee Ukraine, African nationals are taking to social media to share their accounts of racial discrimination whereas making an attempt to evacuate ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/Xy4qrYvZca
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) February 28, 2022
“Whereas efforts to start talks between Russia and Ukraine are beneath method, paramount on our minds is the protection and human rights of some 4 thousand Nigerian residents and plenty of others from pleasant African nations at the moment stranded in Ukraine,” it added.
The identical considerations had been shared on Sunday by Nigeria’s overseas minister Geoffrey Onyeama who is alleged to have spoken in regards to the matter together with his Ukrainian counterpart.
“He asserted that Ukrainian border guards have been instructed to permit all foreigners to go away. He promised to analyze and revert shortly,” Onyeama mentioned on Twitter.
2/4 I additionally expressed concern on the information of Ukrainian border guards hindering the exit of Nigerian residents. He asserted that Ukrainian border guards have been instructed to permit all foreigners to go away. He promised to analyze and revert shortly.
— Geoffrey Onyeama (@GeoffreyOnyeama) February 27, 2022
In the meantime, Poland’s ambassador to Nigeria Joanna Tarnawska has dismissed claims of unfair therapy. “Everyone receives equal therapy,” she instructed Nigerian journalists. “I can guarantee you that I’ve studies that already some Nigerian nationals have crossed the border into Poland.”
The studies come in the course of a warfare that began on Thursday after Russia’s President Vladimir Putin ordered troops to enter Ukraine following weeks of army build-up alongside the 2 nations’ border.
The battle has prompted greater than 500, 000 folks to flee Ukraine, in response to the United Nations. UN refugee company spokeswoman Shabia Mantoo mentioned on Monday that the newest depend had 281,000 folks getting into Poland, greater than 84,500 in Hungary, about 36,400 in Moldova, greater than 32,500 in Romania and about 30,000 in Slovakia.