A new life for a war-torn family

A new life for a war-torn family

From Ken Pontac

My Ukrainian friend and her family lost everything in the war. Please help them rebuild their lives in the USA.

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Milena survived the destruction of Mariupol, cowering for a month in the basement of a bombed-out building, watching her home and history burn. With food running low, Milena was “liberated” by Russians and taken at gunpoint to a Russian-controlled refugee camp in the breakaway Donetsk People's Republic. Here she slept on a filthy freezing floor with her mother, grandmother, and 200 other kidnapped Ukrainians. After being rescued by a sympathetic Russian, Milena and her family were released to a small apartment nearby. But she was still a prisoner. She managed to contact Ken Pontac, a long-time Facebook friend. With his help and the heroic efforts of the international team he assembled, three generations of the family (and the family cat) were extricated from their imprisonment, furtively couch-surfing through Russian safe-houses until finally reaching what they believed was freedom in Estonia. A red-tape nightmare forced the family to return to their war-torn home, where they dodge bombs while awaiting the international documents that will help them find a life on the other side of the world…if only they’re not recaptured by Russian troops again! 

They need help to continue their journey to freedom in the USA. Please donate generously and help our courageous friends continue to survive.

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