A bit of fun and games in the horrible everyday escape!
The donations from the BILD readers have now arrived in a church in Lemberg (Ukraine). Last Thursday, the BILD truck left Berlin for the Ukraine, which was filled with food, hygiene items and power banks, among other things. The BILD aid organization “Ein Herz für Kinder” also provided toys.
BILD tells the shocking escape stories of the children who have now found protection in Lemberg.
Deep scars of war on the souls of children
Mama Svetlana (40) had to flee Kyiv with Semjon (5), Nastya (3) and Oksana (1). “A rocket hit our neighbor’s house,” says the mother. Now the family has found shelter in the church in Lviv.
“It wasn’t as bad as in other cities, but I didn’t want to leave my children in this place. Otherwise they will remain traumatized for the rest of their lives,” says Mama Svetlana. “The fear, the explosions, the stress, the constant running away – that leaves deep marks on children.”
She remembers the moment when the first explosions were heard in the capital: “Right on the first morning of the war, all three of them came to my bed and didn’t want to leave.”
For a whole week Svetlana struggled with herself, cried a lot. But she knew that she would still get out of the city safely: “I understood that after the first rocket hits in houses in Kyiv there would be a second wave of panic. And then we don’t even get a seat anymore.”
The mother only packed her backpack with the bare essentials: something to eat, some clothes for three children and diapers. She didn’t take anything with her for herself, and even the beloved toy had to stay in Kyiv.
Svetlana hopes that the war will be over soon and she can return to her homeland. In the BILD interview, she tells that she had to leave her husband behind and that he was only able to contact his family with a short text message “We live”.
Daniel (4) is still scared
Lena (31) and Daniel (4) spent two weeks in an air raid shelter in Chernihiv (near Kyiv). “Then a rocket hit the house upstairs. That’s when I knew I had to get my son out of here,” says Lena and continues: “I couldn’t even go to our apartment to get some clothes.”
While Daniel studies the toy packaging, his mother says: “He was so scared. He still gets startled when he hears an unfamiliar noise. Hopefully it will be very quiet in Germany.”
Then Lena’s tears come: “I left my husband here, my parents too. My father is ill, he can’t travel – and my mother would never leave him alone.” But she now wants to leave her homeland for her Daniel and seek protection in Hanover.
Here’s how you can help
The BILD aid organization “Ein Herz für Kinder” supports children affected by the war in Ukraine.
If you would like to help, please donate to:
BILD helps eV “A heart for children”
IBAN: DE65 2007 0000 0067 6767 07
or donate online at www.ein-herz-fuer-kinder.de or at www.paypal.me/einherzfuerkinder