Veronika Yefymenko from Mariupol
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Good afternoon, we are internally displaced persons from the city of Mariupol, which is currently unfortunately occupied. But we hope that one day it will become Ukraine again. The war caught us on the first day of the war, because we were just on the outskirts of the city, where the occupiers were arriving, so on the first day we could hear everything even well, unfortunately. We went to our godmother’s house, which was located near Azovstal, and we did not know that Azovstal would be bombed. So we thought we were safe, but unfortunately… We saw very terrible events, because my godmother is a doctor, so many people took us to treat them, wrapped them up, because there were a lot of injuries. During the war, my grandfather died, and we buried him in the yard, because it was impossible to bury him in a civilian way. People just laid their relatives and friends on the road, they were lying there like meat…
We went through a lot, and there were filterings where you no longer feel like a human being, where they strip you, look at your personal belongings, correspondence, etc. Now everything is more or less good, compared to what we went through. We are in Kyiv, our relatives provided us with housing, so we rent, but for less than we would have rented from a stranger. The three of us live together: me, my son Myron, who is 4 months old, and my grandmother, who is 69 years old. Unfortunately, none of us work, my grandmother is already old, I am still a student and now on maternity leave, and unfortunately, we have very few payments. These are payments for IDPs and for a child. Unfortunately, my father does not help the child, so we have to take care of ourselves somehow. As for humanitarian organizations, the Red Cross provided us with assistance, but not to the extent we needed. Diapers and baby food are the main needs we have now. And the food situation is not so good, to be honest… but more or less. I hope everything will be okay in Ukraine and I would be very grateful for your help, because we are in a very difficult situation now. Thank you for your attention.