‘Open the door or we die’: Africans report racism and hostility trying to flee Ukraine

Orah is one of several African citizens living in Ukraine who have reported racist discrimination and abuse at the border. Videos on social media have shown officials appearing to threaten to shoot groups of African students, a woman shielding an infant from the cold, officials chasing groups of people and people reported to be stranded in Ukraine. Representatives from several African countries — NigeriaGhana, Kenya and Gabon — have condemned the reports, and the African Union said Monday that it was disturbed by the news.

“Reports that Africans are singled out for unacceptable dissimilar treatment would be shockingly racist and in breach” of international law, African Union officials said in the statement

Several African students and other foreigners told CNN that they were ordered off buses to make room for Ukrainian nationals, left stranded in border towns and beaten. 

NBC ‘Open the door or we die’: Africans report racism and hostility trying to flee Ukraine