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Uprooted, surviving in a terrifying limbo yet determined to preserve family integrity

Martina Devlin


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Evacuees Nataly Shevchenko with her five-year-old daughter Melania and one-year-old son Liubomyr

Evacuees Nataly Shevchenko with her five-year-old daughter Melania and one-year-old son Liubomyr

Evacuees Nataly Shevchenko with her five-year-old daughter Melania and one-year-old son Liubomyr

How does it feel to shut the door on your home knowing it might be reduced to rubble by airstrikes in your absence? What do you pack when time is short, you don’t know if you’ll ever be back, and you can take only a few bags?

That’s been the dilemma for a flood of Ukrainian evacuees, including Nataly Shevchenko, who doesn’t know when or whether she’ll see her home and its contents again: furniture, clothes, toys, books – the fabric of family life, once ordinary and precious.


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