The Take – From India to Ukraine: the South Asians fighting in Russia’s war

South Asian countries are facing skyrocketing unemployment, prompting people to fight in wars thousands of miles away.

Ukrainian service members from a first presidential brigade Bureviy (Hurricane) of the National Guard of Ukraine fire a mortar during an exercise, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv region, Ukraine November 8, 2023
Members of the National Guard of Ukraine fire a mortar during an exercise amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in the Kyiv region of Ukraine on November 8, 2023 [Vladyslav Musiienko/Reuters]

Hundreds of South Asians are fighting Russia’s war on Ukraine, including from India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. They face physical danger and a language barrier, and some have disappeared or died. How did they end up there? And what are their governments doing to find out what happened to them?

In this episode: 

  • Minelle Fernandez, Al Jazeera correspondent

Episode credits:

This episode was produced by Chloe K. Li and Sarí el-Khalili with our host Malika Bilal. Zaina Badr and Ashish Malhotra fact-checked this episode.

Our sound designer is Alex Roldan. Our lead of audience development and engagement is Aya Elmileik and Adam Abou-Gad is our engagement producer.

Alexandra Locke is The Take’s executive producer. Ney Alvarez is Al Jazeera’s head of audio.

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Source: Al Jazeera