The journey Alina and her children took to safety was step by step - first hiding in a basement for three days, then making a hasty escape to the Romanian border
Thirty-year-old Alina* and her children Dimitri*, 11, Mikhail*, 6, and Mila*, 14 months, are among the millions of refugees who have fled the escalating conflict in Ukraine. And like many others, they left behind a member of their family, Alina’s husband.
Their story is one of desperate survival.
“My children spent three days in a basement, just so they could live. It is very difficult for me to recall all this,” Alina said.
But in the camp in Romania where they sought refuge, their story is also one of hope. There, they have access to advice services as well as essential items like food and nappies.
“Thank God we have arrived, we feel fine, the only thing is my youngest daughter has a cold, but it will pass. In other words, we received a warm welcome and we were fed.”
A moment of hope: “at least we are not being shot at here”
With the wonderful support of donors, Save the Children has set up a Child Friendly Space in the temporary camp. It is a space where children can relax, play and feel safe.