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This Working Life – ‘When the war started in Ukraine I didn’t want to stay in a dangerous area any longer’

Oksana Schelling is a make-up artist who with her son was forced to flee Ukraine when Russia invaded. She talks to Mary McCarthy about growing up in Donbas, how eight-year-old Matvey is making friends and the similarities between Irish and Ukrainian women 

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Oksana Schelling says she has a lot of support here in Ireland and is staying in Ranelagh

Oksana Schelling says she has a lot of support here in Ireland and is staying in Ranelagh

Oksana Schelling

Oksana Schelling

Oksana Schelling

Oksana Schelling

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Oksana Schelling says she has a lot of support here in Ireland and is staying in Ranelagh

What I would wish for in life would have been different four months ago, but now I only want peace in my country and peace in the whole world. My second wish is a happy and long life for my child Matvey (aged eight).

Future wishes

Today he is fine, his English improves and he has friends in his class. He is asking me once every few weeks when we go back to Ukraine. When we first arrived, every day he would ask.


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