Amid “terrible trauma”, 32 Sri Lankans cross Ukraine-Polish border: source

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ECONOMYNEXT – Thirty-two Sri Lankans who underwent “terrible and traumatic” experiences in Ukraine since Russia’s invasion have been evacuated via the Polish border, a Foreign Ministry source said on Wednesday (02) noting that two locals have already reached Colombo.

The Ministry said on Tuesday (01) that it was in the process of evacuating 40 Sri Lankans from Ukraine as Russian bombing escalated and pushed thousands of Ukrainians to leave the Eastern European nation in the search of safety.

“Experience is terrible and traumatic. Need to respect their (Ukrainians’) position as well.  Two people came to Sri Lanka yesterday,” the source who is aware of the evacuation told EconomyNext.

“There were some complaints at one border point at the Ukraine-Poland border. This particular point is overcrowded and there is at the moment more than half a million people flocked at this place,” he said.

“They give priority to women and children who are sick and elders and then others. I was told some diplomats are also in the queue,” the source said, adding that the queue is about 15 kilometres long.

“The situation is pathetic and unimaginable. Ukraine border guards are tense and stressed. But they are helpful sometimes. They are really upset and frustrated.”

People who have been in queues at the Ukraine-Polish boarder have posted videos on social media platform accusing Ukrainian authorities of racism for prioritising Ukrainians first and then Asians while giving least priority to Africans.

“You can’t blame them when isolating. People can criticize but the reality is inhuman. Other border points are smoothly moving,” the source said. (Colombo/Mar02/2022)

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