Ghana has announced the evacuation of some of its citizens from War-laden Ukraine.

The West African nation, who had at least a thousand of its citizens either studying or working in Ukraine, received the first batch of evacuated persons at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra on Tuesday.

All seventeen that arrived this morning are students; while the government wil continue the evacuation process in the coming days.

In response to Putin’s invasion order last week, Ghana—like other countries—had informed their citizens to take shelter in neighbouring countries pending when an evacuation plan will be put in place. An experience which one of the students recounted after arrival.

“We got to the border at 6:00 pm on Friday. It took 12 hours to cross the border amid fighting with Ukrainians. The boys had it so badly. The women also struggled, but it was tougher for the men,” the students said.

Stories of students being stranded were also mentioned, alongside racial discriminations suffered by Africans while trying to cross the Poland border.

Ghana becomes the first country to evacuate its citizens that have fled from Ukraine in the light of an invasion.

Kwaku Ampratwum-Sarpong, the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, assured the arrived citizens that their counterparts will also be evacuated by the Ghanaian government.

“The government is determined to make sure that your colleagues who want to be evacuated are evacuated. Information coming in is that Ghana is the first country that has evacuated her compatriots,” he stated.

Earlier, Foreign Affairs Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey revealed that over 460 Ghanaian students had departed Ukraine to countries like Poland, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic, while waiting to be evacuated.

Other African Nations like Nigeria has failed to Evacuate their citizens from the war torn country, despite several calls for help.

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