Dozens of Kenyan students leave Ukraine
According to Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as of Monday, February 28, 2022, the government has negotiated for unfettered entrance of Kenyans into adjacent EU nations. Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania complied with this request.
Kenyans will be able to traverse their borders more easily, according to the government.
Nairobi, via its Honorary Consul in Kyiv, has been watching events in Ukraine, particularly the well-being of its people caught up in the crisis, according to a news release.
“We are pleased to tell you that all registered Kenyans in Ukraine have been reported safe so far.” “On February 24, 2022, a WhatsApp group called “Kenya Evacuation” was formed, with roughly one hundred (100) Kenyan students joining,” according to the government.
Members of the Kenyan diplomatic corps in other surrounding countries, officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nairobi, and student leaders are among the group’s members, according to the dispatch.
The goal is to provide speedy communication in order to deal with Ukraine’s unusual circumstance.
“A total of 74 Kenyan students have been evacuated and are now residing in Warsaw, Krakowets, and Katowice, Poland.” “Two more students are in Romania,” the Ministry said.
According to the Ministry, two other students are in Hungary, one of whom has already arrived, while four more have shown no interest in leaving Ukraine due to personal reasons.
“The evacuation of Kenyans is being coordinated by Kenya’s Honorary Consul in Kyiv. Kenyans who remain stuck should contact our Honorary Consul through email at email@example.com,” said part of the notification.
The news comes as the African Union (AU) expressed concern over allegations that African people in Ukraine are being denied the opportunity to travel borders to safety as they attempt to leave the country’s strife.
Following Russia’s invasion, tens of thousands of African and other foreign nationals, notably students, have been hurrying to flee Ukraine.
However, as tens of thousands of people flood Ukraine’s borders, overwhelming authorities in neighboring countries, allegations have surfaced that Africans are being treated differently and are occasionally prohibited from leaving.
Several people have taken to social media to share recordings and testimony of prejudice at railway stations and border crossings. The videos have yet to be verified by Reuters.
“Reports that Africans are being singled out for unacceptable disparate treatment would be brutally discriminatory and in violation of international law,” AU Chair Macky Sall of Senegal and AU Commission Chair Moussa Faki Mahamat warned in a joint statement.
The statement went on to say that everyone, regardless of nationality or racial identity, has the right to cross international borders during the crisis and should have the same rights to travel to safety from the violence in Ukraine.
Even as President Vladimir Putin showed no indication of ending an invasion of Ukraine, where ferocious combat and Russian airstrikes have killed dozens and produced a refugee catastrophe, Moscow faced further isolation on Tuesday.