MINDS, AFLI denounce ill-treatment of African nationals in Ukraine

By Wallace Mawire

Emmanuel Nwulu, right, a Nigerian studying in Kharkiv, Ukraine, with other fellow students who crossed the Ukrainian border into Zahony, Hungary, on Feb. 27. Africans who had been living in Ukraine say they were stuck for days at crossings into neighboring European Union countries, held up by Ukrainian authorities who pushed them to the ends of long lines and even beat them, while letting Ukrainians through. LAETITIA VANCON/NYT(culled from Boston Globe)

The Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) and the African Leadership Institute (AFLI), whose Founding Patron was Archbishop Desmond Tutu have denounced the reported ill-treatment of African citizens trying to flee the war in Ukraine, amid growing concerns that they are facing discrimination.

It is reported that accounts in the media from Africans, in particular students, who have been studying in Ukraine, are giving rise to the impression that their evacuation is being deprioritised.

The organizations say in a statement that they note that the UN convention gives the right to safe passage to all regardless of race, colour, or creed.

MINDS and AFLI say that they condemn any actions that single out Africans and prevent them from seeking escape and refuge from the war in Ukraine.

They have called on all African countries to register their dismay to preempt any further discrimination.

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