A story of a family from Kramatorsk

2023-02-03 18:42



A story of a family from Kramatorsk

В апреле Андрей вместе с мамой, сестрами и братом эвакуировалась в западную Украину. Оставаться в Краматорске было очень...

In April, Andrei, along with his mother, sisters and brother, fled to western Ukraine. Staying in Kramatorsk was extremely dangerous. “We hardly left the station. We were going to nowhere. There was a terrible congestion in the train for two days. We hoped someone would help us." - recalls Andrey's sister Tatyana. Father, despite the shelling, remained to look after the house and the animals.

Their friends met them at the railway station and helped them get to the place where they still live.

As it turned out later, the family left the day before the terrible accident that occurred at the railway station in Kramatorsk. That day was remembered by everyone as a true terror from the side of Russia. On April 8, Russian troops fired two missiles at the station with the inscription on them "For the Children of Donbass." Just as people were boarding the trains, at approximately 10:30 a.m., an explosion roared that claimed the lives of 51 people, five children, and seriously injured 121 others. At that moment, there were about 4,000 people at the station.

The family was given housing in an industrial area on the outskirts of Uzhgorod. In addition to them, another 200 people lived there. No shops nearby, no bus stops, no playgrounds.

At that time, the building was not in the best condition: there was no heating or electricity, the windows were in disrepair. “Once a boy tried to open a window, and it fell out along with the window frame and flew down from the third floor.” Andrei remembers. Only over time, with the help of volunteers and various aid funds, it was possible to replace windows, make cosmetic repairs in the rooms and install heating. Parents took on the task of repairing electrical wiring and the Internet. This is how, months later, the building turned into a residential hub for refugges.
Andrei recalls: “We were very happy when the volunteers set up a playroom and a classroom where we can study and do our homework. They also gave us a TV and a computer!” But the inhabitants of the hub continue to sleep on mattresses and are content with what volunteers bring from time to time.

In his free time, Andrei likes to draw. He already has a lot of drawings. He also helps his mother look after his younger brother and sister when his parents go to the city.

How long the family will have to live in the hub, they do not know. Their only income is resettlement benefits, which are not enough to rent separate housing. Andrei hopes that the war will end soon and they will be able to return home.

AMBCU ministers met Andrei's family and 20 other children on January 9, when they brought Christmas gifts and Bibles to the hub. The minister Margarita shared about the birth of Jesus Christ and invited everyone to the youth and children's meetings, which are held by the AMBCU ministers in the village of Kamyanitsa.

It is difficult to imagine what all the refugees had to go through and what awaits them in the future.



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