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Cyprus hell for Zim students

By Bridget Mananavire

While foreign universities are portrayed as havens of quality education  compared to those in the country, Zimbabwean students in Northern Cyprus are going through hell.

Instead of the island being a paradise it has turned otherwise with parents complaining that their children are suffering attacks and abuse from the Turks, language barrier in lectures, and high expenses making their stay horrible.

There are about 4 800 Zimbabwean students who are in Cyprus — which is under Turkey — with reports that some went through agencies that promised non-existent scholarships.

This also comes as the Zimbabwean parliament has reported that Zimbabwean students there are turning to crime as they try to eke out a living.

In an incident that showed the extent of the troubles these students are facing, Macmillan Nyamukondiwa is battling blindness following racially aggravated assault.

Friends and family of the 27-year-old had to open a GoFundme page to help raise  £10 500  for an operation to restore his sight.

Nyamukodiwa left Zimbabwe for Cyprus in 2016 where he was currently studying towards an M.Sc. in Information Systems at Near East University in Northern Cyprus.

In June this year, Nyaukondiwa was attacked by Turkish assailants but his friends of Turkish origin were left unharmed.

He was unlucky because stitches from previous corneal transplant came off and this threatened vision in his right eye.

“Doctors in Cyprus stitched up his eye in a medical surgery and put him on antibiotics but unfortunately this was in vain.

“The diagnosing doctors have recommended a corneal transplant in a highly-specialised eye centre as it is not a straightforward case. At present, Macmillan only has five percent of his vision. As a family we are in the deepest of despair following these events,” the GoFundme page which has also met half of the required amount read.

Nyamukondiwa is not the only student who has appealed for crowd funding, several other students are also turning to the page to help them finish their studies on the island as their parents in Zimbabwe can no longer afford.

One parent of the students studying at Cyprus International University told the Daily News on Sunday that if she had a choice she would withdraw her son from the university.

“It’s now late because a year has already gone by, but I am not even settled. I am always forking out money, to make  sure my son lives comfortably because the landlords are rough and they are always getting them harassed by the Turkish police,” the parent who, however, could not say her name to protect her son’s  identity said.

“You know agents here paint Cyprus as this paradise but it’s not, our children are suffering on that island.  And they say lectures are in English but not all of them are, it’s a few lecturers that can speak English. They also say that you can use United States dollars but that’s not the case, they use euros so everything becomes expensive.”

Another Zimbabwean who had gone to study in Cyprus will spend the next seven years in prison after being convicted of drug dealing in the country as he sought to earn a living illegally.

This also comes as officials in Cyprus are seemingly facing a torrid time with Zimbabwean students studying in the island country that have turned to prostitution and trafficking of drugs in a desperate bid to survive as they are living on the fringes of poverty.

Parliamentary portfolio committee chairperson on Foreign Affairs Kindness Paradza has since approached the ministry of Foreign Affairs with the view of sending a delegation to investigate the full extent of the crimes being perpetrated by Zimbabweans.

“Three Zimbabwean students were recently arrested, one has been given seven years’ imprisonment over drug trafficking,” Paradza told the Daily News on Sunday earlier.

“Some went there with false information and because of that they started involving themselves with drugs, in prostitution, others are marrying other nationalities for convenience. Some have been arrested for drug trafficking.

“So we have approached the ministry to send an official delegation there through Turkey because Cyprus is under Turkey.” Daily News

  • Just because it is a foreign country doesn’t necessarily mean it is good for Zimbabwean go to America you will be treated a lot better, UK, Germany are ok never go to Arab, Asia, and Middle East you will suffer

  • Nehanda radio musataure kwamusina kuswera

    • Nhai hako iwe

    • GIGS

      Taura hako i have kids who are there vakutopedza, there definitely is someone who is behind all this tarnishing. Ndekupi kusina racism and all


    that is why u shud go to UZ,MSU AND GZU………u private skull fools…….busy wasting money uchiposter mapics uchitambura nenzara

  • Brent Muil Michelle Muil

  • so what

    so let them come back and study at our great universities in Zim

  • Uhmmmm vanhu musangatotaura isu mazimbabweans acho tiriko hatisi kuona mahardships acho wani ….tiriko kumiddle east we are not suffering dai muchimboziya the way turkish people black students musingango tashuki zvisina basa

  • And i learn at that university that pic is photo shop….

    • Nhai zvako Chaki. What will people be doing pabus stop apo. That lawn haitombogarwe because they are benches lol #abroad settings

      • Geez

        Can you please get in touch with me on 00263778102323, i would like to know more about that University.

  • Tikwainerei please iyo photoshop iyo. Honestly If people can’t afford to bring kids here don’t just say zvinhu zvisina basa

  • Turkish people likes and cherishes black students**

  • Taurai zvinhu zvine evidence zvekunyepa zvekurohwa kwake izvo dai zvakaita paNear east akarapwa mahara plus alabhadharwa settlement in euros futi

  • Iyi why was he beaten lol kana wanetsa munhu ngabatwe. Anyways its never the case because if iy had happened ka dai arikudya madollar achikoro lol without you guys even knowing. Avo amai avo should just come clean kuti para yok (mari hapachina). Mwana ngaabaye awone kana Cyprus ikafa nekuti iyi aenda lol.

  • Asi just thinking about it. It’s hell ka after EcoCash slashed malimits apo Zim haina cash saka totongorohwa tiite cash. Turkish people im in Gonyeli veduwe

  • Muchati Bhuu

    The academically weak go to those countries for studying. Russia and Ukraine are also on the list, some Universities there don’t give a damn about merit,as long as you can pay fees…pa SA apa still have high quality tertiary education with reasonable international exposure, but they ask for good high school results

  • bho zvekuti

    Oh please don’t make it sound so bad. The beating was definitely unfortunate and our hearts bleed for our fellow brother. Cyprus is just like any other university out there…prostitution, drugs zvese ipapo, they are all choices that people make by themselves.
    Just like a student anywhere in the world we need pocket money. If you got no cash just don’t have your kid here simple.vane Mari plus value havaskumboita prostitution vatori bho zvekuti

    • Geez

      Can any one of you guys over there (Cyprus) get in touch with me on 00263778102323 i would like to know more about that place.

  • tonytwotimes

    The journalist who wrote this article needs to do her homework!
    Please stop referring to it as Cyprus.
    It is an ILLEGAL REGIME.

  • Tanaka

    Please stop this Cyprus drama that you have going on in your heads and tell your sources to have their facts straight. Don’t come overseas looking for greener pastures. If you can’t fund your child please don’t send them this side. Funny how it is that the focus is on Cyprus now but what have you done about the universities back home in Zimbabwe like MSU.
    What have you done about the high Aids rate at MSU ? Please spare us!! you

  • tonytwotimes

    It is NOT Cyprus.. It’s the illegally occupied North

  • zev_love

    The new naija of the south!