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Women and children found hope, safety and life in the “uninterrupted mothers” shelter in the Ukrainian city of Lviv, established by the Ukrainian Red Cross, after the suffering of war in their country and the fall of missiles on maternity hospitals in the conflict zone.
As reported by the Sun, the shelter currently houses 12 mothers and 21 children, and is located on the outskirts of Lviv, 44 miles east of the Polish border.
A three-month-old baby holds his mother’s finger, Anya, with his little hand.
Anya, who is thirty years old, says that she has six children and used to live in Dopropylya, Donetsk region; She added, “My little boy was born under the fire of the shells. When I was in the hospital, there was a big explosion nearby that broke all the windows, and I was afraid that my child would get hurt.
“Anya” added that before I got to the shelter, the police came to my house to leave it for my safety, and I took my son and my eldest daughter Sofia, 12 years old, with me by bus and then took a train, to the Lviv railway center, in the far west of Ukraine.
Her husband, 33-year-old Jimjin, was a peacetime delivery driver and now fights with Ukrainian forces on the front line, and her other children stay in Dopropylya with their grandmother.
“It’s a beautiful place to live, mothers talk together and children play together,” adds Anya as she sits on a couch decorated with cuddly toys.
And she continued, “I found a safe place to live with my child, now I want to bring all my children to Lviv so that we can meet again.”
As for “Olha Kravchenko”, who is 32 years old and sitting in her elegant bedroom, she eagerly patted her stomach for the arrival of her child despite the fact that she has two children, 12-year-old Alla and 10- year old Volodymyr.
“It’s a wonderful place and it’s very fitting that this shelter is called Unbroken Mothers,” says Olha, explaining that she is from the village of Rogan in the Kharkiv region of northeastern Ukraine, and that she and her children fled after a neighbor’s house was turned into a match in a missile attack.
The first of them added: “Our neighbours, a mother and her daughter, died in the bombing. Shells fell everywhere. We hid in a basement. It was very scary.”
“We have psychologists and social workers who talk to the children to help them get over their experiences and everyone has a different story to tell, but the women support each other,” says Lilia Kelczytska, director of Unbreakable Mothers (34 ).
On the other side; We find Tanya Kondakova (38), pregnant, recounting her life under bombardment in the city of Bakhmut in the Donetsk region. After breakfast with her children, Anya (15) and Anton (9), the mother revealed: “Our house literally shook because the bombs fell everywhere. place, and my children were panicking and crying.”
“The children are very happy here and can study online with their former classmates who went to Britain, Germany and Belgium,” Tanya added.
Shevchenko, a 32-year-old mother of four, from Lyschansk in the Luhansk region began: “Civilians were hit by rockets and tank gunners. The whole city was under bombardment and we had to seek shelter in the basement of our house for two weeks. and the children were so afraid that they wet themselves.
She continued, “Now they go to school near the shelter and put smiles on their faces again.”
And the website “the sun” stated that the nurses at the shelter are always ready to care for traumatized children and advise mothers as they prepare for birth. Vera Nazarevich (28) hugs four-month-old baby Daniel.
Vera says the professional help and community spirit at the shelter works wonders.
A medic at the shelter revealed: “When children arrive here, they are usually in such a bad psychological state that it is the shock of being shot or forced to live in the basement of a bomb shelter for weeks or months. .
And “the sun” indicated that the Red Cross had helped more than five million people with emergency aid, including the distribution of 56 million pounds of financial aid.
Mike Adamson, chief executive of the British Red Cross, said: “People have gone through unimaginable hardship and Red Cross teams have been on the ground in Ukraine working around the clock from the start.
Added Adamson, who described the Refuge for Unbroken Mothers project as “incredible”; Unfortunately, this crisis is expected to continue for months and years to come.
“Anything you can give and help with makes a difference and will help us provide essential, life-saving things like food, water and healthcare to people caught up in this crisis,” Adamson added.
The Red Cross has also handed out £2m of financial support to help around 13,000 refugees from Ukraine who have fled to the UK.