Changamwe MP Shimbwa Omar Mwinyi had a phone conversation on Sunday February 27 with his daughter who is trying to flee war-torn Ukraine.
During the call, the girl, whose identity has not been revealed, revealed that she had moved from Ukraine to Poland, but there were still many challenges.
For example, she had not had a meal yet, and most of the hotels available in Poland were reserved for Ukrainians and not for foreigners from other countries.
“We have already crossed the border and now we are in Poland. We cannot be admitted to their hotel because it is only for Ukrainians. They tell us to go to Warsaw, a city in Poland to find accommodation for foreigners .
Ukraine’s Ambassador to Kenya Andrii Pravednyk speaking to the media on Thursday, February 24, 2022 in Nairobi
“We’re fine here. I haven’t eaten yet. I just had some snacks,” the daughter told the father, quoted. Citizen television.
In another recording from the lawmaker, the girl is heard saying that she hadn’t eaten a good meal for about three days and that most of the refugees had to walk 25 kilometers to Poland for safety.
“We haven’t slept or eaten for about three days. We have all walked 25 kilometers and we are all tired. The mayor gave the directive that accommodation in the city is strictly for Ukrainians.
“They give the world the idea that they’re helping refugees but when you get there it’s a whole other thing,” she explained.
This comes a day after the President of the Union of Kenyan Students in Russia and Independent Commonwealth States (CIS), Harrison Talo, noted that at least two hundred Kenyan students living in Ukraine had fled safely to neighboring Poland.
He further added that the students had been received by the Polish government and were safe.
“So far, 201 students have been welcomed to Poland and are safe. However, we still have some who are stranded, but we are in communication with them to help them find their way to the border,” revealed the student leader.
Kenyan students will be allowed to stay in Poland for 15 days.
Photo collage between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President Uhuru Kenyatta and Russian President Vladimir Putin