Member of Parliament for North Tongu and Ranking Member on the Foreign Affairs Committee, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has revealed Ghanian students who fled Ukraine to Romania will be in Ghana by Monday, March 7.
Ablakwa who is in Romania said he was informed by a Ghanaian consular official who is in charge of the students being hosted in Romania.
There are almost two hundred Ghanaian students in Romania, a country that borders Ukraine to the South.
Following their arrival in Romania, the MP said, they were moved from the temporary shelter hosting Ukrainian refugees to a hotel in Bucharest, the capital of Romania.
Ablakwa relayed that the consular official had secured some spaces on Qatar Airways for the second batch of evacuees from Romania who are scheduled to leave on Friday.
“According to Mr. Tijani Ahmed Abubakari who is the consular official, he’s been able to secure some spaces on Qatar Airways which will pick the second group on Friday and then hopefully the last group will leave Bucharest on Sunday so that by Monday morning, all of those I met here would be in Accra.”
He also confirmed reports of racism on the Ukrainian side of the border based on the stories of some of the Ghanaian students.
“It has been very sobering listening to our compatriots. These are students who have had to flee their campuses to escape the invasion by the Russians. They have left a lot of valuables behind, they have narrated ordeals, traumatising scenarios that are very difficult to bear.
“They’ve been walking for more than three hours and spent a whole night trying to cross the border, being subjected to very dehumanising treatments. Some of them complained about racism that they have had to endure at the Ukrainian end of the southern border. They say they will carry the wound for a long time”.
He noted that the Romanians have been more receptive and warm hosting the Ghanaian nationals.
Source: opemsuo.com/Hajara Fuseini