Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has sparked humanitarian efforts from rapper Young Thug after seeing videos of African immigrants being stranded and treated unfairly at the Poland border.
“If some of my rap brothers are in, I’m willing to help Africans get out of Ukraine,” Thug shared on his Instagram Story. “However, I can sense they not letting us pass.”
Thug continued to be moved as more videos surfaced of Africans being denied access across the border.
“Whoever holds the info for these movements please contact me ASAP. I’m ready,” he continued to write on Instagram.
Another video showing Africans being forcibly removed from the train they were boarding to leave Ukraine pic.twitter.com/vhKaeXqTwV
— özlem (@alykm_zlmbrv) February 28, 2022
A video shows Ukrainians blocking Africans from getting on rescue trains.
We stand with people of Ukraine against the unrighteous Russian invasion. But let’s take a moment to talk about racism, anti-blackness and social injustice.#AfricansinUkraine pic.twitter.com/vKoNrDJ6tJ
— Wirjil 🜲 (@Wirjil) February 27, 2022
The Atlanta rapper then shared a similar video of an African woman stranded at the border with an infant in freezing temperatures. African students continue to share their experiences being trapped at the border as they rush to leave the country amid the ongoing war, using the hashtag #AfricansinUkraine. African immigrants are reportedly being turned away from boarding trains due to a “Ukrainians first” policy.
According to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, there are about 4,000 Nigerians currently in Ukraine and many of them are students enrolled in the country’s medical and technical universities.
Many African students travel to Ukraine for affordable education. Now they’re being told to save themselves. Heartbreaking.💔 https://t.co/1PZSOMYEt4
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) February 28, 2022