KINGSTON, Jamaica February 28, 2022 - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says while twenty-four (24) Jamaican students who were in Ukraine have safely arrived in Poland and processed for entry by the Polish Authorities, there were still four students known to be in Ukraine who are being monitored by the Ministry.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advised that one of the students who was contacted late last night has proceeded to the border with Romania, while two are in a part of the country believed to be more secure, and a fourth is still in Kharkiv. "We are in touch with the relatives and with the students, to ascertain their level of safety, and provide support where needed, the Ministry said.
In a media release, Foreign Minister Kamina Johnson Smith said she was “Giving God thanks that all 24 Jamaican students are on a bus to Khakrow where arrangements for accommodation and meals have been made for them. The Charge’ d Affaires is there and our friends of Jamaica are there supporting the students. Giving thanks for their strength and courage and for the team on the ground.”
“Even now as the team meets with the students and assessments and next steps are planned and carried out, I must recognize, Olivia Musiatowicz, Brinsley Forde, Anthony Dixon and Jovan Samuels, Jamaicans and associates of the Jamaicans, for their courageous supporting efforts regarding the welfare of the students. I thank them wholeheartedly for the generosity of spirit, love and care they displayed and continue to offer,” Johnson-Smith said.
She pointed out that the students still have a way to go on their journey, but will soon be re-united with their loved ones. “While we breathe a sigh of relief that our students are closer to making it home, we are still prayerful for our nationals in surrounding countries who may be impacted and indeed deeply so for the people of Ukraine whose lives have been upended by this war.”