Oleksandra’s husband, Valentin, was working abroad and agreed that she should flee with their 7-year-old daughter, Anastasiia. They were taken in by Capuchin Friars in Slovakia on March 9 and have remained there with other refugee families.
“The Capuchin Order in Slovakia takes care of us as if we were their own family,” she said to Brother Martin.
Oleksandra prays every night, “begging God to save my country, our people, our children, our soldiers and our future. I pray that humanity never makes such mistakes again.”
When asked about her life now, Oleksandra said, “I feel very safe with the Capuchins in Slovakia and I am very grateful to the Capuchin Order and to the Slovakian government. However, my heart is in Ukraine and I want to go back home when this terrible war is over.”
Similar sentiments were echoed to Azzopardi by another refugee, 83-year-old Cherkas Vera Andriivna. Born in 1939, she lived through the difficulties of the post-war period in Kharkiv and…