Strictly’s Motsi Mabuse horrified over racism at Ukraine border

Strictly’s Motsi Mabuse horrified over racism at Ukraine border

March 2, 2022

Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse has expressed her disgust at clips of Black people being racially abused and stranded at the Ukraine border. 

Heartbreaking footage has circulated on social media showing African and Caribbean students being denied permission to cross over into Poland for safety, as Russia continues its deadly bombing attack amid its invasion of Ukraine. 

Many of the stranded students have been subjected to racism, with one man recalling how he was forced to disembark a bus after being told ‘no Blacks’. 

Motsi, who hails from South Africa and Germany, shared a clip of a room close to the border full of other Black students desperate to reach safety. The woman filming the video said: ‘We’re still stranded, we haven’t eaten, no rest, we were just in the cold for six hours outside. 

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‘We’ve been begging, pushing, dragging, it’s been so traumatic just to get into the border and we’re not able to get there. 

‘Since morning we’ve been told that [for] all Nigerians, the embassy has been getting buses for us but we’ve not seen any… It’s really really so sad.’ 

She tweeted: ‘2020 we booked our flights to spend Easter in Kharkiv and return a day before my birthday, because of lockdown we cancelled the trip . 2021 we were still on lockdown! 2022 seems I will never see the town my husband was born . He wanted to show me his motherland! #Kharkiv

‘Hopefully one day !! Another day filled with horror ! Please let this stop 🙏🏾🙏🏾’

She had previously expressed her fear for her husband Evgenij Voznyuk’s parents, saying they are not able to reach the Polish border following Russia’s invasion of the country.

However, they were fortunately able to make contact with them and confirmed they were safe.

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