Ukrainian newspaper depicts Africans and Arabs as monkeys groping woman

A local newspaper in the western Ukrainian city of Ternopil illustrated its front-page story on Tuesday with a photomontage of monkeys groping a woman to depict African and Arab men who had allegedly gotten into a bar fight. Our Observer, a Congolese student living in Ternopil, tells us this has deeply upset African students at his university, who he says are frequently the target of racist attacks.
Nova Ternopil's article explains that police had to intervene after an African man and an Arab man got into a fight involving a woman at a local bar on the weekend. The headline reads, “Arabs and negroes fight over our prostitutes.” The photomontage shows two monkeys groping a white woman in the foreground. In the background, a group of black men are sitting around a table, having a drink. According to our Observer, the men pictured are students at a local university and had nothing to do with the alleged incident.
We have not yet been able to reach Nova Ternopil's editors for comment. As soon as we do, we will publish it here.
The men circled in red are local university students with no connection to the alleged fight, according to our Observer. Photo courtesy of Beckhs Love

“Ukrainian students reading the newspaper laughed at the picture”

Beckhs Love is a Congolese student studying agricultural technology at Ivan Puluj Technical University in Ternopil. He’s lived there for four years.
I was in class yesterday when the university’s foreign student advisor called and told me to come to his office as soon I could. When I got there, he asked me to close the door behind me. He showed me the newspaper. I couldn’t believe what I saw on the front page. I was shocked. First of all, why would a story about a bar fight be on the front page? You would think that would be reserved for real news.
He asked me if I recognized the men in the background of the photo. I did – I knew all of them; they are my fellow students. He told me that this was awful, but that it was a provocation, and asked me to talk to these students and ask them to stay calm. Because I speak better Ukrainian than most African students - of which there are about 300 at our university - I often act as a coordinator between the administration and the francophone students.
When I told the students in the picture about the article, they rushed out to the buy the newspaper. It was easy to find. It turned out the newspaper used an old photo of them for their montage – it was taken long before this fight allegedly took place. We have no idea how the newspaper got their hands on it.
“I really don’t know why they give visas to African students, since it’s clear they don’t want us here”
Back at the university, we saw other students, Ukrainians, reading the newspaper. I saw some of them laughing at the picture. I told them, “You think this is funny? You think this is normal? In a few months, Ukraine will be hosting the Euro 2012 football championship, which is going to attract lots of foreigners. You can’t act like you’re in a Soviet state anymore.”
I really don’t know why they even give visas to African students, since it’s clear they don’t want us here. I want parents back in Africa to know they should stop sending their children here. At university, we’re excluded. In my class, we African students always sit together – few Ukrainian students will speak to us.
“We live in fear”
Outside university, it’s even worse. I usually go straight home, because it’s dangerous to be out at night. Black people get insulted and assaulted all the time. We live in fear. Not long ago, I was coming back from the supermarket and a group of men just knocked me down and hit me over and over. They took off when I started to scream. There’s no point reporting it to the police – the first thing they always say when an African man walks through the door is, ‘We’re going to deport you.’
Racism is a reality of everyday life in Ukraine. I recently went to make some photocopies with a Ukrainian student. He asked the store owner for a stapler; he gave him use of it, free of charge. I went back by myself the next day; suddenly, I had to pay to use the stapler.
It’s hard for us to defend ourselves, because there’s a real language barrier for most of us. But I hope we will be able to get a meeting with the newspaper editor, so he can explain himself.”
Photo courtesy of Guy Germain


Surely if this is what the

Surely if this is what the Ukrainians think and how they treat Africans and Arabs, then All Africans and Arab countries should boycott Euro 2012. This is entirely disgraceful in this day and age!

why would arab and african

why would arab and african countries bother about euro 2012 at first?

who gives a s**t about

who gives a s**t about Ukrainians anyway?? They are one of the most racist countries in europe. dont bother paying attention to these people, they dont worth it anyway, ignorant people. just laught at them for their level of education.

First of all i would like to

First of all i would like to say that education in Ukraine is great and it's even better that in some as you say 'civilized' countries/ Yes there are some problems with racism and with their economy but they try to improve it/ You think that racism is only in Ukraine? Learn please how africans, arabs , ukrainians and other nations are treated in other countries. And how can you say that "They are one of the most racist countries in europe"? Have you been there? Do you known anything about their culture? Yes this newspaper is a mistake but you mustn't judge all ukrainians for a mistake that did an "idi*t"

Just leave the fricking

Just leave the fricking country ! Who wants to study in the Ukraine anyway ? we africans we buy into anything even if it's the rotten of rotten provided it's Europe ! Just leave and leave those backward people alone ! what do you expect from soviet slaves !!!

omg, racism drama

racism drama - nice food indeed for trolls, please don't feed them.

we ukrainians simply hate xenofobic and dull lowlife scum, who publicly act worse than monkeys and have no brain at all (which is 85% of people), and trust me, the colour of skin doesn't matter. as well as we hate double standards of western 'democracy' and laugh at those who think that only foreign students live here in fear and are discrimanated by someone.

i believe our african and asian guests, who came for education, culture exchange and making adequate acquaintances wouldn't make a huge problem of this stupid article, at least have some sence of humour. they sure understand the problems of our society, but sure see the benefits of being here. concerning those nobrainers, who came to hang up in night clubs and bars and enjoy our cute chicks, as well as cheap alcohol and doing drugs - think that ukraine owe them some another, exclusive treatment, and think that we give a fuck 'bout them - at least they are free to leave, for good.


you have so poor mind if you

you have so poor mind if you think so..Do u even know where Ukraine is? if everyone in US is as dull as you than God indeed has to bless America!

ppl are not the same. dont

ppl are not the same. dont blame all ukrainians
racists are stupid

why still there?

You must like this treatment if you're still there. It's not as though you are a desperate refugee. Are you?. Leave. Some people do find our black faces an intrusion, whether we like that fact or not. Just because many of us glorify theirs, is not important. If you know you are not wanted or liked then you should be on your best behaviour, or you should go to where you are welcomed. So, you should also talk to the africans and arabs who act white girl crazy and have no behaviour and fuel negative stereotypes, not just the newspaper personnel. There's a thought self-evaluation and individual and collective responsibilty. We're not very good at those are we?

its very annoying that this

its very annoying that this country always lags behind, its only in this country aforeighner will be stared, spit and abused by unrecommending utters, asylum and arefugee be jailed because of not having document. recently i heard in a neighbouring city dozens of asylum seekers been flocked to underground jails even under eighteens. ever in my life an under age been jailed without the consent of the law???????????? everywhere !!!!!! documents at restaurant,bar, and even aforexs should sighn you in with your passport.
but what what they failed to know is that we the once building there economy.
human right and united nations codes are been breached ??????????

my question is if the world is been guided and human righta and U N codes is to exist. why is ukraine not respecting this laws???????????????????????????????????