Shatabdi traveled with her cat Crimsee into Poland, walking for 37 miles before waiting in a 12-hour line to cross the border, all with no food or water. She found a wheelchair to sit in and ate her first meal from WCK since embarking on her journey.
“Right before this I was shopping for my prom dress; it’s my final year of school & life was good, life felt normal.” Alioa, 17, fled Mykolaiv with her 3 siblings & mother. Her father stayed behind. “I don’t know what will happen… to him, to us—to Ukraine.”
Sasha, a single parent, who is physically impaired raised Oleg since he was two years old. With the help of his brother, all three traveled by bus and foot to Iasi, Romania. In Odesa, Sasha worked as a chef’s helper—now he’s volunteering at the kitchen shelter where he is temporarily staying. “We’ll do anything to give back the help we have receiveed. For my son, to receive shelter, a warm meal, and a kind word after so many days alone, on the road, with our backs broken and our bellies empty, it’s just a blessing that we need to pay forward.”