The year 2020 turned many people's lives upside down, and our story was part of that too. We were not left out. We believed that our country would be a better place and we were willing to fight for it with all our might.
Time was running out. We understood that it was dangerous to stay in the country, but we stayed. Ahead of us was the birth of our first child, for which we waited a long time. Then we had our second unexpected and much desired pregnancy, we were so happy.
Happiness became brighter than thoughts of security. And one day our apartment was broken into, my husband was taken away, and I was left alone. Pregnant and with a baby in my arms. That time was the worst possible time.
Endless thoughts. What to do? Lots of worry, stress, fear for him, for the kids. What he has to go through I don't know. I just want to scream out of helplessness to help him.
Some time later, after my husband was detained, he was declared a political prisoner. And even then there was the fear that it would hurt him. At this point our youngest son is 6 months old and my father wasn't even holding him in his arms, and the second little boy is 2 years old.
The court awarded 3 years in prison and very large fines. It's a terrible feeling when you hear the sentence and you're glad that they didn't give more than that (even though, in fact, they made a guiltless man and just took his life).
It is very hard to be alone with two small children. There was a time when I was just going crazy with exhaustion — constant screaming, the simultaneous need for my attention, sleepless nights and also anxiety and fear for the person I loved.
My husband provided for our family, and now my entire child support goes to gears and fines. I know that many people who find themselves in a similar situation feel at least embarrassed when it comes to asking for help. It's hard, admitting to yourself that you can't handle it, but there's no other way out. Debt and responsibility for the little people.
So I have to ask for help in raising money for my children and me to live.
I have faith that soon everything will be over, and that all of our heroes who are sitting here now will be with us again, and I am only growing stronger. I know all will be well! And our country will be free and happy, with the most amazing people on this planet! After all, good always wins!
How much is needed?
2,250 € — to pay my debts, to cover living expenses and to examine my eldest child.