African students in Ukraine Cry for Help Over Russia-Ukraine Crisis.
Joshua Kwabena, a first-year medical student from Ghana, has given an account of how he and his colleagues in Ukraine are coping in such an uncertain time.
Kwabena is one of many Ghanaian students trapped in his hostel, and he witnessed the first explosions fired by Russia at Ukraine.
Kwabena, who lives in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, while speaking on BBC radio said he is uncertain what to do next.
“We don’t get any information here. I am currently in hostel 9, where there are only foreign students. So we don’t know who to speak to. Our student leaders keep telling us to get our documents together but no trains or buses are moving so we don’t know what will happen,” he said.
Kwabena also stated that the stores near his hostel have been literally emptied by locals who rushed for supplies in fear of being trapped at home for an extended period of time. He continued, saying
“I’m not fluent in Ukrainian. All I can say is the standard greetings. I am unable to converse, and none of my Ukrainian classmates are available to assist me in any way.”
On Thursday, February 24, Russia launched a military invasion of Ukraine, bombing military targets in major cities.