By Chris King • 07 March 2022 • 20:25
Ukrainian boy makes 600 mile journey to Slovakia on his own.
image: slovakian govt
An 11-year-old Ukrainian boy has made the incredible 600-mile trek to Slovakia, all on his own. He fled the country carrying just a plastic bag, and with a contact phone number written on his hand.
His amazing feat has been verified by the Slovakian government, with a spokesperson explaining that the boy was picked up at the border by volunteers. He was given food and drink after his epic trip, ‘He gained all of them with his smile, fearlessness and determination, worthy of a true hero”, commented the spokesperson.
Thanks to the number his mother had written on her son’s hand, it was possible to contact her from Slovakia to let her know that her son was okay, and safe.
Yulia Pisecka, the boy’s mother, from the town of Zaporizhzhya, near the Black Sea – which has been the location of severe fighting for possession of the nuclear power plant – posted a video online explaining why she had put him on a train out of Ukraine.
“There’s a nuclear power plant next to my town, which the Russians were shooting at. It was on fire. I can’t leave my mother, she can’t move independently, so I sent my son alone on a train toward the Slovak border”, said Yulia.
“There, he met people with a big heart. A small country has people with big hearts. Please save our Ukrainian children and give them a safe haven”, she added, as reported by metro.co.uk.
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Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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