Escape from the Ukraine war: brave Mama Olga saves Anna (12) from the bombs


She wrapped the girl in warm blankets and just gave gas!

For 30 hours, Olga (34) took turns driving with an acquaintance, ignoring the curfew in Ukraine and her shaky hands to bring her disabled daughter Anna (12) to safety. In the meantime, the two have found protection in the Bärenherz children’s hospice in Leipzig. The BILD aid organization “Ein Herz für Kinder” supports the facility.

The single saleswoman from Kharkiv is still not sure that she did the right thing. She had already sent her son Vitalik (14) and her mother to her brother in the supposedly safe western Ukraine.



Anna (12) spent hours fleeing buses and cars Photo: private

Olga to BILD: “Anna lived in a home and I visited her regularly. Because I was the sole breadwinner after separating from her father, she needed around-the-clock care. But because the war was getting closer, all the children had to be evacuated and I helped out. Because there were also many orphans.”

Dramatic escape from Putin’s bombs

First we went to Poltava in central Ukraine. Babies, but also severely disabled children like Anna, had been shipped in a hurry.

The mother: “Anna was born in the 27th week and suffered brain damage. She needs medication to keep her from convulsing, she can’t speak or hear. In Poltava it quickly became clear that we couldn’t stay either. So another mom and I decided to try it on our own. I cannot describe our fear.”

In the end, the women ended up in Kraków, Poland. Olga: “Anna threw up. She seemed lethargic. We drove to a hospital, asked for help and food. The children were cared for and the children’s needs were seen. “


Mama Olga (34) fled through Ukraine with her daughter

Mama Olga (34) fled through Ukraine with her daughter Photo: private

Family seeks protection in a children’s hospice in Leipzig

The story of Olga and Anna spread via detours and a Facebook post by the local helpers. Only a short time later, mother and daughter could be flown to Leipzig accompanied by the DRK.


Finally safe: Olga and Anna have found a place in Leipzig where they can recover from the traumatic experiences of the past few weeks

Finally safe: Olga and Anna have found a place in Leipzig where they can recover from the traumatic experiences of the past few weeks Photo: Anika Dollmeyer

There they were housed in the Bärenherz children’s hospice as a first-aid measure – destitute, scared, infinitely sad because their home in Ukraine is no longer there and their family is still there.

But there are also moments of hope. “When Anna is in a good mood, she smiles at everyone,” says the Ukrainian. Anna smiles.

Now the family is looking for a new place to live – because Olga and Anna cannot stay permanently in the Bärenherz children’s hospice.


The BILD aid organization

The BILD aid organization “Ein Herz für Kinder” supports children in crisis areas around the world Photo: BILD

How “A Heart for Children” helps

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The BILD aid organization “Ein Herz für Kinder” supports the Bärenherz children’s hospice and the small patients who are guests there. During the war in the Ukraine, BILD hilft eV also supports the children who are still in the war zone and also those who had to flee the country with their families.

If you would like to help these children, please donate to:

BILD helps eV A heart for children

IBAN: DE65 2007 0000 0067 6767 07

Password: Ukraine

BIC: DEUTDEHH

Or via paypal.me/einherzfuerkinder or via ein-herz-fuer-kinder.de.

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