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28 Jamaican students still stuck in Ukraine

We know that you must be scared, says foreign minister

Published:Friday | February 25, 2022 | 12:11 AM

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade is reporting that of the 43 Jamaican students studying in war-torn Ukraine, 15 have left the country.

Of the 28 remaining students, 25 are located in Kharkiv, one in Lviv, and two have not provided information on their location.

In a press statement on Thursday, the ministry said that the Government “continues to assist Jamaican students and their families where possible during this difficult period”.

Kamina Johnson Smith, minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, has expressed concern about the students’ safety and welfare.

“We know that you must be feeling scared and uncertain about what is happening in Ukraine, and we, like your families, are worried about you,” the minister told the students.

“Please know that Jamaica joins the world in calling for peace, and we are prayerful for these calls to be swiftly heeded. Until then, we continue to reach out to offer some support and guidance.”

Johnson Smith pointed out that with conditions deteriorating Wednesday night, flights out of Ukraine had been cancelled. Overland travel has not been recommended because it is fraught with risk.

The foreign minister said she has conferred with her CARICOM colleagues and with other diplomatic partners on the situation and would remain alert to any opportunities for a safe passage that could be communicated to the students.

The ministry says it remains engaged with the students as well as with their family members in Jamaica.

The ministry may be contacted via email at consular@mfaft.gov.jm, or at consularassist@mfaft.gov.jm, or via WhatsApp at 876-469-4058.

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