Sunday World

Lucky escape for students

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Two South African students were lucky to escape unharmed after they were trapped in the town of Sumi in Ukraine when it was bombed and critical infrastruc­ture damaged.

There were fears that the students might not make it, but a temporary ceasefire on Friday ensured that they were evacuated.

Department of Internatio­nal Relations and Cooperatio­n acting director-general and head of public diplomacy Clayson Monyela said the next daunting task for the department was to rope in counsellin­g services to deal with the trauma experience­d by the students.

He said though some students were back in the country, there were still a few in Hungary and Romania.

“There were issues that some didn’t have travel documents but they were issued with emergency travel certificat­es.”

The department also made a call to SA universiti­es to allow these students to complete their studies here. The department said a private company had come forward offering several scholarshi­ps.

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