Maryna Tolochko from Donetsk
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I want to tell you our story… It was an ordinary day, my children were supposed to go to school and kindergarten. Then the phone rang and the teacher informed us that the Russians had attacked us in the morning.
No one went to school that day, we were confused and scared. Sirens started to sound, my children were very scared, they covered their ears with their hands, ran and hid in the living room. One morning, at about 4-5 o’clock, the air raid alarm sounded again, my son woke up and fell out of bed in fright and injured his knee so that his leg was completely plastered. Then a rocket came from outside the city, we saw explosions through the windows, and later a rocket fell near the school, there was a lot of damage, and then another one came to the park… It was the last straw and we decided to evacuate. I, my children, and my elderly mother took an evacuation train to Volyn. Here we found shelter, rented an apartment and began to build our lives.
In the summer, my younger daughter’s fears began to emerge, she was afraid of all loud noises, even when the air conditioner in the store was turned on. She would run, hide under a chair and scream: “Mom! Mom, something is flying!” People helped me calm her down, and I prayed to God for help… We couldn’t even go for a walk in the park, because if the ride was on, my child would just run away, so we turned to a psychologist for help.
My children are 18, 9 and 6 years old. My eldest daughter Tetiana entered the university and is studying to become a psychologist. My son Danylo is in the 4th grade, and my younger daughter Kateryna started 1st grade this year.
We need help because my mother, who has diabetes, also lives with us and we need to buy winter clothes for the children and a gas stove with an oven.
I really want peace to come soon! So that all the guilty are punished, and with God’s help and thanks to the help of good people, we will overcome all the hardships. We will rebuild our country and live in peace and harmony.