South African students in Ukraine living in fear: Expat SA

South African students in Ukraine living in fear: Expat SA

A South African expat group says some of the students studying in Ukraine are fearing for their safety. 

Ukraine Invasion

"Some of them are traumatised, some if them are very scared. They are anxious because they don't know what is going to happen," says Lebone Kganyago, who is the founder of Expat SA.

READ: 'People are scared' - SA ambassador to Ukraine amid Russia invasion

She says they have been in contact with some South Africans in Ukraine as Russia invades its neighbouring country. 

"Some yesterday when we did get in touch with them, obviously they did raise a number of concerns because the area they were in. They were telling us they could hear bombs. It's really unsafe. Their universities have told them to evacuate and get to subways underground for shelter and to take cover."

Kganyago says they checked in on some of the students on Friday after they spent the night in bomb shelters. 

"They tried to quickly head back to their apartments to quickly freshen up and then head back to a different subway so that they can catch a free train that was heading to Lviv." 

ALSO READ: Some 50 South Africans in Ukraine seeking help: SA ambassador

The Department of International Relations says South Africans wanting to leave Ukraine should travel to Poland.

SA’S Ambassador to Ukraine, Andre Groenewald, says he's also been speaking to his counterpart in Romania about facilitating entry into that country for South Africans.

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