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Many Ghanaians In Ukraine Choose War Over Coming Back To Ghana- Minister Reveals

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Mrs Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey has revealed on the floor of Parliament that many Ghanaians based in Ukraine have chosen to stay instead of coming home despite the war going on.

The Minister told Right Honourable Alban Sumana Bagbin that the government of Ghana has done everything possible to make sure Ghanaians studying or working in Ukraine return home safely but majority have refused.

Of the many people the Ministry got in contact with, they have chosen to still stay in Ukraine regardless of Russia’ s attack because they still find hope there rather than coming home. ” Mr Speaker, notwithstanding the preparedness of the government of Ghana to airlift home our compatriots who had left for Ukraine, some of them, many of them, the majority of them, were unwilling to return to Ghana” , she told parliament while answering questions on the floor. Although Ukraine in under attacks, they still believe economic conditions there is far better than the hardships in Ghana.

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Whiles addressing the house, she revealed that almost 700 Ghanaians were drafted to be brought back into the country, unfortunately only a minor fraction which is 249 accepted to come home. ” As of Wednesday, the 30TH of March 2022, 249 has been brought home of which International Organization for Migration sponsored 27. Out of the 700 students caught up in the Russia- Ukraine war, only 249 have opted to return home”.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has reiterated that he’s not ending his attacks on Ukraine until President Zelensky of Ukraine surrenders. Many Ukraine soldiers have surrendered whiles thousands of innocent citizens have either fled to other countries or have been killed. Despite thse challenges, this cross section of Ghanaians have decided to fight for their lives in Ukraine against coming.

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Frank Oteng known professionally as Ghlagatin is a Ghanaian celebrity blogger, freelance journalist, and reporter.He is the founder of Ghlagatin.net, an entertainment website. He graduated from Accra Technical University, ATU with a National High Diploma in Interior Design.

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