Our friends. That’s what we call them–“survivors of captivity.”
Things are improving. The whole family has passports, and not without our help. I’m glad this blog contains not only sad stories but also positive ones, when one has something to smile about or be proud of. I’m glad you and us were to help this family.
All the documents, and all of their lives, remained over there, in Ukraine. Where both husband and wife have arrest warrants for “separatism.” There is no way back for them. Everything–their property and belongings, elderly parents, relatives, is back there. But they don’t have any contact with anyone anymore, “so that nobody is placed in danger.”
They went through a grinder. Vitaliy spent a long time in captivity in Ukraine where he had all of his teeth knocked out and was badly injured. Natasha and her son was in hiding until they managed to escape into LPR where they finally were able to relax. Vitaliy was in the militia from the start. Natasha helped organized the referendum in Rubezhnoye. It’s a miracle they were able to hide. They went from apartment to apartment for months, unable to even go out to shop…
Now they live in a Lugansk dorm. Their son has improved, the problem was in poor nutrition of the whole family. He’s had several hunger-induced blackouts, nervous system issues, and serious headaches.
The first time we met them, they were a bit stand-offish. Now they meet us like family. It’s not because of the aid but trust.
In the summer I wrote about this family, which caused a wave of responses. There were serious money donations, thanks to which we’ve been able to help them with food and medications. We bought a school uniform for the boy, school stationery. Also much clothing which they didn’t have at all. The boy was embarrassed to go to school because of that. We also helped with medical care (many paid-for tests, analyses, etc.).
My friend from abroad paid for Vitaliy’s tooth to be fixed–it’s a lot of money which the family had no way of obtaining in the foreseeable future.
The family was in severe depression, they had no will to live. Health problems, lack of documents, nowhere to live. Everything was falling apart.
But then we met. And we all managed to help this family recover.
Thank you, friends!
From all of us–Natasha and Vitaliy and from our team!
Photos from visits during the past few months.
In November the boy had a birthday! Our Lena doesn’t forget anyone.
To read other posts about Vitaliy’s family, click on the “Vitaliy” tag at the bottom of this entry.
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