Black medical students fleeing Ukraine get help from a Bethlehem woman

Written by on March 4, 2022

Black medical students fleeing Ukraine get help from a Bethlehem woman

By Brittany Sweeney
March 4, 2022

Students need cell phone SIM cards to contact family. (Photo | Pixabay)

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – As efforts from around the world are underway to help Ukrainians, there have been reports of racism at border crossings where Black people are told they cannot leave the country under siege.

Veronica Moore of Bethlehem is working to help African medical students caught in the conflict by collecting money to pay for hotels, SIM cards and other resources for displaced students who have escaped to Prague.

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When she saw the reports about racism at the borders, she knew she had to bring the situation to light here in the Valley, she said.  

Then a friend reached out with an opportunity to help.  

“She sent me this message that she told me about these efforts to provide SIM cards to some of the African students who are able to flee to Prague, and they were trying to just get them the SIM cards so that they can call their families,” Moore said, “They wanted to make sure that their families knew that they were safe.”

As a Black woman, Moore said she is more aware of how other Black people are treated here in the U.S. and in other countries, like Ukraine.  

She is working with a group that has a direct connection to the medical students, she said, who have been unable to get everything they need because of their race.

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