A mother story.
A war story.
July 20th, 84-year-old Maria Vassilyevna walked 8 km from her home in Russian occupied Ukraine.
Made it to Ukrainian held Volnovakha.
Weak and frail, she was sent to hospital.
Proliska Mission, and UNHCR humanitarian organisations helped Maria acquire medical supplies, get her pension and reunited her with family in Ukrainian held Andriivka.
Due to Russia’s occupation of eastern Ukraine, in order to claim their pensions, the elderly living in the occupied territory must travel long and often hazardous journeys to Ukrainian held territory. If you are unable to do so, or have no money to pay for transport and buses, you go hungry.