Lyudmilla, a Ukrainian native, and Tatiana from Moldova are cousins. Their lives were brought together by the war in Ukraine that started in February 2022. Lyudmilla will never forget the devastating reality of war in her country, stating that there was “no water, no light, no work” after the Russian invasion.
Forced to flee her home in Mykolaiv, Lyudmilla and her 7-year-old daughter Irina found refuge in Moldova. Despite the warm welcome they received, she longs to one day return to Ukraine.
In their new home in the Moldovan countryside, Lyudmilla and Irina have made a life for themselves, surrounded by cats, dogs, ducks, and chickens.
Moldova, the poorest country in Europe, is affected by increasing energy prices and inflation. Yet, they have opened their homes to host Ukrainian refugees.
EU humanitarian aid, together with its partner People in Need, supports families like Tatiana’s through cash assistance to help with the cost of hosting refugees.
Story by Hanna-Kaisa Lepik, EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations.
Publication date: 31/01/2023