The treatment Africans are facing in Ukraine is despicable, but why are we surprised?

When Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February, civilians attempted to flee the country. The borders of Poland, Hungary and Romania became oversubscribed quickly, leaving days-long queues of people trying to escape a warzone.

Among those queuing were those of Ukrainian descent, but also a large number of African students and professionals. As the situation got worse and worse, another issue became evident and grew more pressing: Africans trying to escape Ukraine were being racially discriminated against.

Videos quickly spread online of Africans being prevented from leaving the country as authorities operated on a ‘Ukrainians first’ policy. Ukrainian men, women and children were allowed to board trains and buses to the borders

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