Russia-Ukraine War: African students fleeing war ‘facing racial discrimination’

Russia, or the Russian Federation, is a transcontinental country spanning Eastern Europe and Northern Asia. It is the largest country in the world by area, covering over 17, 125, 191 square kilometers and encompassing one-eighth of Earth’s inhabitable landmass. The President of Russia is Vladimir Putin.

Ukraine is a country in Eastern Europe. It is the second-largest country by area in Europe after Russia, which it borders to the east and north-east. The President of Ukraine is Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

On 24th February 2022, Ukrainians woke up to reports of missile strikes and explosions in their major cities according to BBC News Africa.

There was a long queue in front of cash dispensers. Families, including children and pets, crowd into a subway station that has become an impromptu bomb shelter in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Even in times of war we cannot allow racism to go unchecked. Amid the humanitarian crisis, Africans are being systematically discriminated against and ignored as they too attempt to flee to safety. My expectation is that anyone willing to share images and posts filled with the suffering of Ukrainians citizens will be willing to acknowledge the multiple layers of African citizens within the country who are facing racial discrimination. “Empathy that does not extend beyond whiteness is simply an expression of supremacy”.


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