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Survival Amidst Turmoil: Dmytro's Tale of Resilience

This is the story of Dmytro, a bright 6-year-old from Ukraine, and his family's courageous battle for survival in the face of war.

On February 24, their world was shattered. Urgent calls and messages from friends and relatives alerted them that war had begun and bombs were falling all over Ukraine. Shocked and frightened, they had to quickly adapt to their new reality.

Having lived in Mariupol, a front-line city, for 8 years, they were accustomed to seeing distant flashes and hearing far-off explosions, but were unprepared for the direct impact of war.

“𝑰𝒇 𝑰 𝒌𝒏𝒆𝒘𝑰𝒘𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅𝒏𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒆𝒆𝒎𝒚𝒂𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒂𝒈𝒂𝒊𝒏...”

Their home, a multi-storey apartment, lacked the security of a bomb shelter. Left with no choice, they packed a few essentials and moved to the parents' house on the other side of town, which boasted a basement for shelter. Unbeknownst to them, this would be their last glimpse of their apartment.

In the initial days, they sought refuge in the basement whenever the air raid signal sounded. However, as the situation worsened and the city's top leadership abandoned them, the signals ceased, leaving behind an eerie silence.

As days passed, the once distant explosions grew alarmingly close. The basics of life such as grocery shopping and pharmacy visits became perilous tasks, forcing them to remain confined.

“𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑼𝒌𝒓𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒊𝒂𝒏𝒓𝒂𝒅𝒊𝒐𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒑𝒑𝒆𝒅𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒊𝒏𝒎𝒚𝒄𝒂𝒓, 𝒐𝒏𝒍𝒚𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒐𝒄𝒄𝒖𝒑𝒊𝒆𝒓𝒔' 𝒓𝒂𝒅𝒊𝒐𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒌𝒆𝒅. 𝑩𝒖𝒕𝑰𝒅𝒊𝒅𝒏'𝒕𝒘𝒂𝒏𝒕𝒕𝒐𝒃𝒆𝒍𝒊𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒚𝒘𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒂𝒚𝒊𝒏𝒈.”

By March 2, they were plunged into an information vacuum, with the electricity cut off, followed by the water supply, and eventually, mobile communications and the internet. Their only source of news was the radio in their car, which now only picked up the occupiers' broadcasts.

“𝑾𝒆 𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒏𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒇𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒊𝒔, 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕𝒉𝒖𝒏𝒈𝒆𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒓𝒔𝒕𝒎𝒆𝒂𝒏, 𝒉𝒐𝒘𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒇𝒆𝒆𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍𝒏𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒈𝒆𝒕𝒘𝒂𝒓𝒎𝒅𝒐𝒆𝒔.”

The situation escalated quickly. Nearby, a house was razed by a direct shell hit, serving as a grim reminder of the danger they lived in. Every day was a struggle for survival, with efforts focused on sourcing water from preserved wells dating back to the early 20th century and securing food for the family.

Despite the adversities, they held on to hope, drawing strength from their shared resilience. Dmytro's unwavering spirit and innocent smile served as their beacon, a symbol of their determination to survive and resist fear. They stand strong for Ukraine, for Mariupol, for their home, and ask everyone to join them in their prayer for peace.

Please, #PrayForUkraine, #StandWithUkraine 🙏🇺🇦

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