Nigerian students who managed to flee Russia’s ongoing military incursion in Ukraine have described how they were nearly killed by soldiers for fighting against bigotry.
Hundreds of citizens and servicemen have died in the conflict, which has left many maimed and many more homeless. Millions of foreign nationals have fled Ukraine for neighboring nations.
Some of the returnees from Ukraine to Romania said they were nearly shot while fleeing the invasion.
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Apart from racial harassment, Anuoluwakintan Olawoye, a 300-level medical student at the University of Ternopil, claimed she famished, hiked, and stood for extended periods of time. She stated that news of the invasion and bombs going off in various places of the nation were enough to make anyone fearful, but that she was grateful to have been able to flee.
“I don’t want my opponent to go through what I went through,” she remarked, “even if mine wasn’t as awful as others’.” We went hungry since there was nothing to purchase, no stores were open, and sirens blared all the time! There are no cabs available to transport you from one location to another. We had to walk for several hours. The city was starting to seem deserted. Knowing that the country was at war kept us up at night.
“There was a blast in Kyiv on Thursday morning, but I survived because I was in Ternopil.” Some sections of Lviv were bombarded again on Friday; Lviv is a two-hour drive from Ternopil.”
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After hiking for hours, Olawoye arrived at the Romanian border, where she discovered that Ukrainian people were given priority.
“We arrived at the border about 4 p.m. and were ordered to wait,” she said. We waited till 8 p.m., but they refused to let us (blacks) in. When they called on women and children, we tried to make a move, but they turned us back. Only their citizens were permitted to go. They stated they would return to us two hours after they had departed.
“We pleaded with the cops that there was a lot of snow outdoors, and I was shivering as a result,” she said. It was by chance that I crossed about 2 a.m. Some people were not so fortunate. The prejudice I witnessed at the Ukrainian border was not for the faint of heart. They were shoving us aside to make room for their trucks. They yelled at us, shoved us, and did all sorts of things.”
Olawoye, on the other hand, stated she was treated extremely well in Romania and that she would be meeting her parents soon. She went on to say that after the war is over, she hopes to return to Ukraine to finish her education.
In addition, Abraham Praise stated that she never imagined she would see something like this in her lifetime, particularly in light of the bombs and missiles that have killed both military and civilians in various parts of the nation.
“I hiked for three hours straight,” she claimed. Friends of mine had traveled for long periods of time. You simply had to forget about your legs and keep running. You’d keep going if you knew you’d be able to keep yourself alive. Along the way, a few people passed out. The most powerful among us had no choice but to assist them. I never imagined I’d have to go through something like this.”
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