In a Ukrainian city, stranded Africans are sipping melted snow.

There is no food in the market, the bank cash machines are broken, and students are forced to drink melted snow since they have run out of water.

Students from Nigeria, Ghana, and Somalia are among the hundreds of foreign people trapped in Sumy, Ukraine’s north-eastern city, which has been bombarded by Russian soldiers for days.

Vipin Yadav, an Indian student who is part of the group stuck in the city, reckons that roughly 1,300 foreign students – including those from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Turkey – are still imprisoned there.

Mr Yadav told the Bazzup Danny Aeberhard over the phone that he had gone four to five days without eating.

Nigerian and Ghanaian governments have begun repatriating citizens fleeing the Ukrainian crisis. Last week, the first groups returned home.

Until Russia invaded Ukraine, almost 1,000 Ghanaian students were living there. So far, the West African country has sent two return missions.

Nigeria is anticipated to evacuate 5,000 people who crossed the border from Ukraine into Romania, Poland, and Hungary.


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