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Sharing a story: Nina, refugee from Ukraine

Updated: Mar 15, 2022

Nina, a 76-year-old Ukrainian woman was forced to leave her home in Zhytomyr in order to escape and survive. Nina did not want to leave her house until the very end, but when the shelling became very frequent and one of the rockets exploded not far from her house, she realized that there was nothing left for her to do but try to leave.

Nina traveled by car together with other residents of Zhytomyr who were also fleeing from the bombing. She was taken to the Polish border, and ended up at the refugee center. Nina turned to the Red Cross Help Center because of severe back pain, which worsened after a long, non-stop ride in a car full of people.

When I asked where she was going next, Nina replied that she was going to Prague. In Prague, Nina will be received by the family of her daughter's friend. People whom Nina has never seen before and knew nothing about until now. Nina has never been to Prague before either. She hopes to one day return to her home in Zhytomyr. If there is anything left of it.

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