Kherson – October

It’s impossible to tell all the stories from people living in Kherson at this time. There are different hardships in the city of Kherson now that it is liberated. And in many villages on the left bank, where the Russian army have withdrawn. But before we start telling you about those, here are a few final stories from the last months of the occupation of the entire territory.

Selling everything

Yana lives in a village on the bank of the Dnieper. She has 4 children and looks after her sick father.

We saw her plea for help on a social site begging for any kind of work, even though she is just recovering from having given birth in August.

From multiple posts on her facebook it was clear that she had already sold everything she could, from a TV set and computer, to potted plants and clothes.

“Dear members of the group, I kindly ask you not to pass by my post ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™ there are a lot of people in the group, don’t you have friends in —– who left, tell them about me!!!! I’m not asking for myself, but for my children who need to be fed (you know the prices are cosmic) I’m not begging for free stuff, I’m just asking for any help in finding any part-time job ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™ I’m ready to work, I’m not afraid of work!!!!”

We are now supporting her with money to buy food for her children.

Sole breadwinner

Yulia has two children and is also looking after two sick elderly people: her father (type 2 diabetes) and her grandmother (87 years old, bed-bound because of a broken hip).

The war stopped the pensioners from receiving pensions and Yulia lost her job. She is constantly looking for work but so far only managed to get a part-time job which is not enough to support the family.

The family is receiving a regular payment of 1,200 hryvna (=ยฃ29.22) from us every 10 days. Their latest shopping:

  1. 1 kg of sugar: 50 hr
  2. 10 kg of potato: 150 hr
  3. Carrots and cabbage: 43 hr
  4. 1 kg chicken meat: 265 hr
  5. 30 nappies: 700 hr

Luba – her flowers survived

Luba and her husband, in their 50s, had to flee their war-torn
village. They are receiving ยฃ15 every 10 days from us to help them
buy food and medicines.

Luba wrote to us:

“War is a terrible thing. Now for 8 months weโ€™ve been moving from place to place, never a corner of our own. Itโ€™s scary and painful.

We went to see our village in October โ€“ but we canโ€™t live there: itโ€™s still being bombed. No water, gas or electricity. Very cold and dangerous.

Soldiers lived in our house and took everything: boiler, washing machine, fridges, even our gas oven and sofas. Took our car. Painted our windows black. Devastation. We just mended the roof โ€“ and it got hit again. The summer kitchen was hit directly.

But guess what: my flowers HAVE SURVIVED!!”

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