African students still trapped in Ukraine
18 March 2022 | 11:23 am
Nigerian student Jerry Kenny is stuck in Kherson, a city in Ukraine occupied by Russian forces. Kenny says he will not leave before his fellow students are safely evacuated.
In an interview with FRANCE 24, Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister Olha Stefanishyna confirmed an attack from Russian forces on a children's hospital in the city of Mariupol, saying "there is no doubt this has been a targeted attack". She also warned that Russia had shut off the Chernobyl nuclear plant and claimed that this was part of a series of reckless actions that increase the threat of a nuclear accident.
Medical student Bisola Ehi Ogolowa from Nigeria has managed to flee Ukraine to neighboring Hungary. She might be safe from Russian bombs, but she feels alone and without help.
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